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NAPOLEON INapoleons life was a very interesting one Starting a poor boy hated bymost rising to rule a huge empire and then finally being destroyed by hisown arrogance and ending his life humbled remembering what he had doe andleaving it all in his memoirs for the world to readNapoleon was born in 1769 on the Island of Corsica His parents Carlo andLetizia Bonaparte were poor nobles When Napoleon was just 10 years oldhis father helped to get him a mathematical scholarship to a military schoolat Brienne In the school Napoleon was hated and considered a foreignerWith no friends Napoleon concentrated on academics but still only graduated42nd in us class of 58 he then continued his education at the Military academyof Paris After one year there he became second Lieutenant of artilleryat the age of 17 As a Lieutenant Napoleon did a lot of reading mainlyin the subjects of history geography economic affairs and philosophyNapoleon was assigned to a post at the Valence garrison when he became aLieutenant but spent most of his time in Corsica without permission Duringone of these visits Napoleon had trouble with a Corsican nationalist namedPasquale Paoli and Napoleon and his family fled to Marseille in 1793Later in 1793 the beginning of the French revolution Napoleon led an artillerybrigade to push out a British fleet that the Royalists had allowed in Napoleonsmission was a success and he was promoted to general and was assigned tothe army in Northern ItalyDuring the early part of the revolution Napoleon had supported MaximilienRobespierres revolutionary group and when Robespiere was overthrown in1794 Napoleon spent two months in jail for being associated with himWhen he was released from jail Napoleon refused to fight a rebellion inVandee and he lost his military position for itIn 1795 Paul Barras the military leader of a soon to be implemented governmentasked Napoleon to fight a revolt in Paris Napoleon accepted and quicklyended the revolt When the directory the government Barras was part
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