By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May 18, 2022) – In Issue 2022-089 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about a man, short in stature,  who reached great heights of achievement as a leader.

Napoleon’s Legacy

Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of France on May 18, 1804.

He waged war through most of his ten-year reign, coming close to conquering most of Europe.  His failed Russian campaign and the subsequent defeat at Waterloo doomed Napoleon.

Arguably his greatest legacy, however, in the legal code he instituted, the Napoleonic Code.  It is clearly written and easily accessible civil code.  It replaced the patchwork of feudal laws and it had profound impact on laws most everywhere.  The essence of the Napoleonic Code is still in use in about ¼ of the world. 

Here is Teesdale’s 1831 map of France, with Napoleon’s birthplace, the island of Corsica, in the lower right.

Map of France – 1831 (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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