By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (April 11, 2024) – In this edition of Fun with Maps we recall a historic French Treaty and the Emperor of France it sent away.


The Treaty of Fontainebleau, signed on April 14, 1814, exiled the former French emperor Napoleon to the island of Elba.

In actuality, Napoleon was given the island and ruled there from May 3, 1814 to February 26, 1815 when he escaped during a masquerade ball and attempted to gain control of France again.  He met his ultimate defeat at Waterloo and earned a second exile on the more remote island of Saint Helena in the central Atlantic Ocean.

Elba is the third largest of the Italian islands and is located in the Tuscan archipelago.  Of course, known for its infamous resident, it is also known for its beaches and minerals.  Many of the tourist sites, including the house where he lived, are connected to Napoleon.

Legend has it that Jason and the Argonauts stopped on Elba for a little rest and relaxation during their voyage.

Boyer’s map of Elba from 1815 and Napoleon’s portrait and signature are on this one-of-a-kind item.

Elba – Circa 1815 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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