On May 18, 1804, a young man declared himself the Emperor of France. His campaigns split the European continent and reduced in half a country we hardly remember: Prussia. His name was Napoleon Bonaparte. By October 1813 the British commander Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, had crossed the Pyrenees and invaded France. Napoleon’s field marshals finally forced him to abdicate on April 11, 1814 in Fountainbleau.
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