Tuesday, April 12, 2011

This Week in History 4-11-11

April 11, 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte, the emperor of France, was forced to abdicate the throne and was banished to the Mediterranean island of Elba. Napoleon was born on August 15, 1769 on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. A brilliant military commander, Napoleon rose to become Napoleon I, the Emperor of France. The invasion of Russia in 1812 marked the decline of his fortunes. His forces were defeated the following year. The Six Coalition invaded France and forced Napoleon to abdicate. He was exiled to the island of Elba. Napoleon escaped Elba a year late, only to be defeated once again at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Napoleon spent the rest of his life on the island of Saint Helena.
To learn more about Napoleon’s exile to Elba please visit This Day in History at History.com.

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