DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (December 02, 2020) – In Issue 120 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps we meet the Emperor of France who came from Italy

Steve Kovacs (Provided)

The man from Corsica.

Of Italian descent, this French military man became one of the most studied military leaders of all times.

He attended the Ecole Militaire in Paris to become an artillery officer.  His military genius quickly propelled him through the ranks, and then he grabbed hold of political power. 

He was eventually coronated Emperor of France in Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral in 1804 on this day.

His name was Napoleon Bonaparte. 


After several military defeats as he tried to conquer much of Europe, he died in exile on the remote British held island of St. Helena.  Many believe that he was poisoned with arsenic.  Darn British.

Here is a map of France by Englishman Teesdale from 1831, issued ten years after Napoleon’s death.       

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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