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Post  MercedesD99 on Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:57 am

Napoleon was born on August 15, 1769 in Ajaccio, Corsica, France and died May 5, 1821 in St. Helena, United Kingdom. He studied in College d'Autun, Military College of Brienne, and Military Academy in Paris. He was a military and political leader, as well as an Emperor.

Some of his major achievements were:
~The spread French Revolutionary ideas such as democracy and equality, with worth based off merit, not birth
~The unification of Germanic states, and a good chunk of Europe  
~The establishment of the Code Napoleon, which is partially still in use today in France, Quebec and parts of the US  
~Restoring order within France by stabilizing the economy, revamping the French education system, and developing infrastructure by making roads, draining swamps, and building hospitals and orphanages.  

         It was also widely thought that Napoleon was very short. However, it is possible the inaccurate translation of old French feet to English is partly responsible. The French measure of five foot two (5' 2"), recorded at his autopsy, actually translates into five feet six and one half inches (5' 6.5") in English measure, which was about the average height of the Frenchman of his day. It is also probable that the men of his Imperial Guard, with whom he was usually seen against were very tall, creating the illusion that Napoleon was short.


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Post  Maya Luisa on Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:41 pm

Nice topic. That is correct; Napoleon Bonaparte was born on August 15, 1769 in Ajaccio, Corsica, France. And he didn’t live very long, only until May 5, 1821. He died two days after my birthday, and on the Cinco de Mayo, a celebrated holiday in Mexico, I think it was their day of independence but I am not sure. Do you know what holiday Cinco de Mayo is? Do you think it was for the death of Napoleon Bonaparte? I kind of doubt that they celebrate a holiday for the death of this man, maybe only the kings and queens would because he brought destruction to France so his death might be considered something to celebrate to them, or something to throw a feast for. But the peasants and people that he helped might not celebrate it because it was a sad time for them. To lose someone who helped them out and changed their lives so much.
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Post  Dominique on Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:25 pm

Great job, Mercedes! Did you know that:


1. As a boy, Napolean hated the French. Yet later on in life, he made a career serving in the French Army and eventually became Emperor of France. 

2 - He graduated from the Paris Military Academy and became a Lieutenant in the French Army at the very young age of 16. That is 5 years earlier than most graduates. 

4 - Although he was sick with a stomach ulcer near the end of his life, when he died, the cause of death was a mystery. 
It was discovered later that the pigment used to color the wallpaper in Napolean's house emitted arsenic vapor, a deadly gas, when it became damp from humidity. Some people believe that the long term effects of inhaling this poisonous gas, along with his stomach ulcer, are what killed him. 
Others believe that Napolean was poisoned by mouth. It was known that Napolean drank liquids made with bitter almonds. He also took a drug called calomel. This drug supposedly reacts fatally with bitter almonds. After his death, some people were given locks of his hair. In 1960, chemical tests were performed on some of these locks and relatively large amounts of arsenic were detected.
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