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|Reign||December 2, 1804 - January 16, 1830|
|Coronation||December 2, 1804|
|Predecessor||Empire established, himself as First Consul of French Republic|
|Reign||February 15, 1806 - January 16, 1830|
|Coronation||September 17, 1806|
|Spouse|| Joséphine de Beauharnais
Marie Louise of Austria
|Napoleon II of the French Empire|
|House||House of Bonaparte|
|Born|| August 15, 1769|
|Died|| January 16, 1830|
Napoleon Bonaparte (French: Napoléon Bonaparte French pronunciation: [napoleɔ̃ bɔnɑpaʁt], Italian: Napoleone di Buonaparte; 15 August 1769 – 16 January 1830), a military and political leader of Revolutionary France, and the first Emperor of the French Empire, whose actions have shaped the world to this present day.
BiographyBorn on the island of Corsica to a minor Italian noble family, Napoleon was sent to France to train as an artillery officer in the French Army, and was considered a capable and intelligent officer, who gained prominence in the French Republican Army, and led very successful campaigns against the First and Second Coalitions that were fighting then against France. In 1799, he staged a Coup d'etat and installed himself as the First Consul of the Republic, and in 1804, was crowned the Emperor of the French. He managed to defeat every other power on the continent, and humbled England in the Battle of Trafalgar, and Austria and Russia in the Battle of Austerlitz, and Prussia in the Rhineland Conflict. For the next 24 years, Napoleon continued to work to consolidate the new French Empire, creating the French Imperial Plans to help him along to further his goal. By bringing stability to the Empire, which had been racked by revolutionary strife and war for almost twenty years contantly, he brought forth a "New Golden Age" of France. Napoleon was also instrumental in expanding the colonial empire, creating colonies in Africa and Asia, bringing new markets and sources of raw material under French control. However the colonial policy started by Napoleon and continued by his predecessors, to not only exploit the land but to improve the standard of living with new schools, roads, and industries. Unbenowest to Napoleon in the early 1800's, this would prevent the collapse of France in both the Second and Third Global War, as with an industrial base not only based in France itself but throughout the colonial empire helped to ensure the survival of the Empire in its darkest hour.
After the end of the First Great European War, Napoleon was restless and was almost wishing for another outbreak of war so he may be able to lead an army again. However, despite the numerous chances offered, diplomacy and talking down by advisers and ministers all prevented the possibility of another war. Therefore, Napoleon pushed himself in internal matters, rewriting the law code (the Code Napoleon), as well as helping a growing economy, expanding industry, a new network of roads that helped to expedite trade and military manoeuvres, and bustling ports. Politics in France became increasingly centralized in the Emperor's hands, with his closest advisors and minister exercising great power, with the National Assembly passed over or simply ignored as it's powers that were established in the French Revolution where stripped away.Napoleon died on January 16, 1830 of a massive heart attack. He was laid to rest in a mausoleum under the Arc de Triomphe he commissioned, and his son, Napoleon II was thrust upon the world stage, at the time of increasing tensions that lead to the Prussian Expansion War was beginning. Under Napoleon II, a more liberal and democratic opening of France was allowed, but Napoleon II, much like his father, still held vast powers.