Napoleon Bonaparte

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Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821), was born Napoleone di Buonaparte, in Corsica. He was a gifted artillery officer and became a general during the French Revolutionary War. Following a successful military campaign in Italy, he became one of the Consuls of France and then in a coup d'etat established himself as First Consul in 1799 and later crowned himself Emperor in 1804.

His skills as a leader of land armies did not transfer to the sea and under Napoleon, the French Navy never achieved the success that its numerical and technical strength would indicate.

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