On March 2, 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte was appointed the commander in chief of the French army after proving his bravery by defending the Directory. From there, he began taking over, controlling, and invading many more countires for France, and eventually was appointed king on March 17, 1805. He was thriving as a king and restoring order back in France, but he had many ups and downs yet he still managed to stay in control. Although, on April 11, 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte wanted his son to take rule because his broken forces gave up, but his suggestion was rejected so Bonaparte abdicated. Him and his army couldn't retaliate from this so that was the end of Bonaparte's reign, and the decline of the First French Empire.