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Napoleon Bonaparte

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Napoleon Bonaparte, who is also known as the "little Corsican", was born


August 15,1769 in Ajaccio, Corsica. His family had moved there from Italy

in the 16th

century. His original name was Napoleone. He had 7 brothers and sisters.

His original

nationality was Corsican-Italian. He also despised the French. He thought

they were

oppressors of his native land. His father was a lawyer, and was also

anti-French. One

reason Napoleon may have been such a great leader and revolutionary

because was he

was raised in a family of radicals. When Napoleon was nine, his father

sent him to

Brienne, a French military government school in Paris. While there he was


teased by the French students. Because of this Napoleon started having

dreams of

personal glory and triumph. From 1784 to 1785 Napoleon attended the Ecole

Militaire in

Paris. It was there that he received his military training. He studied to

be an artillery

man and an officer. He finished his training and he joined the French army

when he was just

16 years old. His father died after that and he had to provide for his

entire family.

Napoleon was stationed in Paris in 1792. After the French monarchy was

overthrown in

August of that year, Napoleon started to make a name for himself and

become a well

known military leader.

In 1792 Napoleon was promoted to captain. In 1793 he was chosen to direct


artillery against the siege in Toulon. Soon after that Toulon fell and

Napoleon was

promoted to   brigadier general. Napoleon was made commander of the French

army in

Italy. He defeated many Austrian Generals. Soon after this Austria and

France made

peace. Afterwards Napoleon was relieved of his command. He had been



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