Corsican Heroes Everybody knows Napoleon Bonaparte, but he was not the only island figure. Sampieru Corsu in the XVIth century strongly related to the powerful Medici family, Pasquale Paoli in the XVIIIth century leading Corsica’s independence based on the Enlightment ideas or even Jean Nicoli in the XXth century, great Resistance fighter of WWII, all these men largely contributed to write the great history of Corsica.

Sampiero, the Mercenary

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Born in Bastelica by the end of the XVth century within the context of the Italian wars, Sampieru Corsu was a young soldier who left for Florence to serve the powerful Medici family to which he remained loyal till the...

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Paoli, the Enlightened

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‘Pasquale di Paoli was the Che Guevara of the XVIIIth century – probably the greatest fighter for freedom of that century, an inspiration to democrats everywhere, a soldier who succeeded in liberating Corsica...

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Napoleon, the Emperor

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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....

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Nicoli, a Resistance fighter

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Born in 1899 in San Gavino di Carbini, Nicoli started his career as a teacher in Corsica and then in Senegal. In 1939, he joined the Communist Party and the Corsican resistance. In 1943, he was arrested by the Italian...

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