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|Portrait of Joseph I|
|King of Spain and the Indies|
|Reign||6 June 1808 - 1 July 1810|
|King of the Iberian Union and the Indies|
|Reign||1 July 1810 - 28 July 1844|
|Successor||Zenaide Laetitia Julie Bonaparte|
|Issue|| Zenaide Laetitia Julie Bonaparte
Charlotte Napoleone Bonaparte
|House||House of Bonaparte|
|Born|| 7 January 1768 |
|Died|| 28 July 1844 |
Madrid, Iberian Union
King of Spain
In 1808, the French began its invasion of Spain. King Charles IV was killed in the fighting, and the king after that, Ferdinand VII, fled the country. Napoleon Bonaparte then made Joseph the King of Spain and Joseph I. The conquest of Spain was not over yet. Guerrillas and militias continued to fight the French occupation forces. After forcing the guerrillas out of the villlages in southern Spain, they moved to the west near the Portuguse border. Joseph lead an army of French and Spanish soldiers and defeated the guerrillas at the city of Badajoz, officially ending the Spanish War of Independence. With the conquest of Spain and Portugal complete, Napoleon merged the two countries into the Iberian Union, with Joseph as its first king.
King of the Iberian Union
Joseph Bonaparte was crowned Joseph I of the Iberian Union on July 1, 1810, which was also the date that Portugal and Spain merged to form the Iberian Union. Joseph then began a campaign against the Barbary States in North Africa, and the new Iberian Union Navy patrolled the Mediteranean Sea for the ships of the pirates. Troops then landed on Northern Africa, and Joseph orchestrated the capture of Tripoli Harbor, which ended the war. After the war ended, the Iberian Union still occupied Tripoli Harbor, and Joseph planned to eventually use it for his colonial ambitions. In 1830, the Iberian Union and France would sign the Treaty of Lyon, which gave Northern Morocco to France and Southern Morocco to the Iberian Union.