Napoleon rapidly rose through the ranks of the military during the French Revolution. Napoleon Bonaparte was born on August 15, 1769, in Ajaccio, on the Mediterranean island of Corsica.
Meeting of the Estates General
May 5, 1789
the King Louis XVI called a meeting of the Estates General. It was the first meeting of the Estates General called since 1614. He called the meeting because the French government was having financial problems.
tennis court oath
june 20, 1789 - 1791
The Third Estate, which had the most representatives, declared itself the National Assembly and took an oath to force a new constitution on the king. Third Estate but then surrounded Versailles with troops and dismissed Jacques Necker
storming of the bastille
july 14, 1789
The Storming of the Bastille took place in Paris, France on July 14, 1789. This violent attack on the government by the people of France signaled the start of the French Revolution.
the reign of terror
Sep 5, 1793 - Jul 28, 1794
The Reign of Terror was a dark and violent period of time during the French Revolution. Radicals took control of the revolutionary government. They arrested and executed anyone who they suspected might not be loyal to the revolution.
napoleons empire collapses
Napoleon surrendered and gave up the French throne, ending his reign. Napoleon had a great desired to defeat Britain.
the congress of vienna
November 1814 - June 1815
The Congress of Vienna was held from September of 1814 to June of 1815. After the downfall of Napoleon Bonaparte, this international conference was called to create a balance among the European powers in such a way so as to prevent future wars and maintain peace and stability on the European continent.