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Napoleon I Napoleon was born August 15 1769 in Ajaccio Corsica This small yet gallant figure was initially a fiercely independent Corsican not a Frenchman as most would believe him to be His areas of achievement were government politics and military He was a strong leader during the French Revolution He was very eager and determined to fight battles and win them Sometimes he was extremely stubborn One of his most prestigious actions was when Napoleon crowned himself not the pope Napoleon was the second of eight children of Charles Bonaparte and Letizia Ramolino Bonaparte both of the Corsican-Italian gentry Not one member of the family was a professional soldier Napoleon was always a little boy and man When he was young he often had little play fights with the other Corsican boys and he would often lead his troops to victory Napoleon was educated at Brienne and the Ecole Militaire French for military school in Paris Napoleon graduated in 1785 at the age of sixteen Then he joined the artillery as a 2nd lieutenant His initial goal was to help Corsica not France In 1796 Napoleon was made commander of the French army in Italy He defeated four Austrian generals and forced Austria and its allies to make peace During his tenure in northern Italy he founded the Cisalpine Republic and strengthened his position in France by sending millions of francs worth of treasure to the government It was a morale boost to a nation cast in anarchy Napoleon led an expedition to Egypt ruled by the Turks to cripple at British trade with the East Despite his success in the Middle East British Admiral Horatio Nelson destroyed his fleet which left he and his army stranded Napoleon took the chance to enhance his political skills by reforming the Egyptian government abolishing serfdom and feudalism He also guaranteed basic rights for the citizens Culturally Napoleon brought French scholars to study ancient
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