– San Elena 1821)
on the Mediterranean Island of Corsica, Napoleon came to be known as one
of the great historical figures of the modern era. He was a
general for the French Republic during the French Revolution at the end
of the 1700s and was proclaimed emperor of France in 1804.
egocentric and ingenious, he was especially skilled in the strategy of
war and was consequently highly esteemed and feared in the field of
battle. As emperor in times of peace, he also demonstrated
administrative and financial acumen. His expansionist pursuits, however,
brought him to a decisive defeat at the Battle of Waterloo at the hands
English and Prussian armies. Napoleon was exiled to the island of
San Elena where he stayed until his death.