Born in Aiacciu in 1769 in a newly French Corsica, he was sent by his father to a French military school at 9 years old. As he graduated at 16, he felt he was first and foremost Corsican and stood on Paoli’s side.
“I was born when [Corsica] was perishing. Thirty thousand Frenchmen spewed onto our shores, drowning the throne of liberty in waves of blood…”.
The French Revolution changed everything, he was a Frenchman now. Named as 1st consul then consul for life, he crowned himself Emperor in 1804 and ruled Europe…
Last modified: 31 January 2017