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Napoleon Bonaparte

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Birthday
15, 1769
Birthplace
Ajaccio, France
Death Date
May 5, 1821 (51)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
15, 1769
Birthplace
Ajaccio, France
Death Date
May 5, 1821 (51)

About

Emperor of France who rose to power in the aftermath of the French Revolution in 1799 and waged war with every major European power in a series of wars known as the Napoleonic Wars. After a series of military failures he was finally defeated at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and spent the last 6 years of his life in exile on the island of St. Helena. 

Before Fame

He considered entering the British Royal Navy but went to the elite Ecole Militaire in Paris instead.

Trivia

Despite his military prowess and his powerful empire, the scorched-earch tactics that Russia employed and the brutal winters ultimately led to his downfall during France's invasion of Russian in 1812.

Family Life

His father was an attorney in Louis XVI's court, Carlo Buonaparte.

Associated With

He sold Louisiana to Thomas Jefferson in 1803.