Napoleon’s coronation as Emperor of the French was a lavish affair that referenced various elements of Carolingian tradition, the ancien régime, and the French Revolution.
It was while some of Napoleon’s engineers were working with the army to strengthen Fort Julien in the northern Delta area of Egypt that the granodiorite block we now know as the Rosetta Stone was uncovered.
Combined British and Prussian military forces defeated the French, but Wellington himself said that the battle was ‘the nearest-run thing you ever saw in your life’.
The ships from the British Navy that were supposed to ensure Napoleon was unable to escape his exile were not in the area when, on 26 February, he left the island and headed for the French mainland on board the brig Inconstant accompanied by almost a thousand troops.
The last invasion of Britain by a hostile foreign force began when French troops under the command of the Irish-American Colonel William Tate landed near the Welsh town of Fishguard.
The Portuguese royal family and more than 10,000 courtiers relocated to Brazil to escape the advancing Napoleonic forces.
Although the income tax was abolished in 1802, it was reinstated and repealed another two times before being made permanent.
It is estimated that up to a quarter of a million different units of measurement were in use throughout France at eve of the Revolution in 1789, and that these differed not only from trade to trade but also from town to town.
The Battle of Trafalgar secured British supremacy of the seas and saw the victorious fleet sail away without having lost a single ship.
Slaves in the French colony of Saint-Domingue on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola began the Haitian Revolution.