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Napoleon Bonaparte who was also known as the Little Corsican and later known as Emperor of France and the prime mover of the Napolionic Wars was born on August 15 in 1769 in Ajaccio Corsica From 1784 to 1785 Napoleon attended the Ecole Militire in Paris where he received his military training After the French Monarchy was overthrown on August 10 1792 Napoleon decided to make his move up in the ranks In 1793 Napoleon was chosen to direct the artillery against the siege in Toulon He seized ground where he could get his guns in range of British ships Soon after that Toulon fell and he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general In 1794 he was wed to Josephine de Beauharnais In 1795 Napoleon was appointed to put down a revolt in Paris All he did was have his men shoot all the rebels in the streets The French government was saved but they decided to form a new government called the Directory Napoleon was made commander of the French army in Italy and he could not be stopped Soon instead of taking the defensive position Napoleon started taking the offensive position and thus he started his conquest of Europe During one attack he showed his bravery by forcing his way across a burning bridge After that his troops gave him the name Petit Caporal or in English Little Corporal and the name stuck with him In 1797 Napoleon negotiated a treaty with Austria called Campo Formio Austria gave up its Netherlands and Lombardy to France Austria also recognized Rhine as the eastern boundary of France In return France gave Austria most of the old Venetian Republic Napoleon returned in 1799 to find that the Directory was a mess He in his selfish way saw this as the perfect time for self-advancement So in November of 1799 he overthrew the Directory He set
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