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Napoleon was born on August 15 1769 in Ajaccio Corsica and was given the name Napoleon Buonaperte He was the second of eight children of Carlo and Letizia Buonaperte both of the Corsican-Italian gentry Before Napoleon had ever been a professional soldier His father Carlo was a lawyer who had fought for Corsican independence Napoleon at the age of 16 and joined the artillery as a second lieutenant I was then where Napoleon found his calling The rest of his life would be based on the army He had proven himself to be a great general He is one of the most if not the most influencial people of European History Europe would not be the same today if it werent for him After the revolution began in France he became a lieutenant colonel 1791 in the Corsican National Guard However when Corsica declared independence in 1793 Buonaperte a Republican and a French patriot fled to France with his family He was assigned as captain to an army besieging Toulon a naval base that was aided by a British fleet while in revolt against the republic It was here that Napoleon Buonaperte officially changed his name to Napoleon Bonaparte feeling that it looked more French It was here too that Napoleon replaced wounded artillery General and seized ground where his guns could drive the British fleet from the harbor and Toulon fell As a result of his accomplishments Bonapatre was promoted to brigadier general at the age of 24 In 1795 he saved the revolutionary government by dispersing an insurgent mob in Paris Latter in 1796 Napoleon became commander of the French army in Italy He defeated four Austrian generals in succession each at impossible odds and forced Austria and its allies to make peace The Treaty of Campo Formio provided that France keep most of its conquests In northern Italy he founded the Cisalpine Republic and straightened his position in France by sending millions
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