On This Day in Napoleonic History – 27 August 1802

elba-map-bigIncorporation of the island of Elba into France

Little did Napoleon know that a little over a decade later he would spend 11 months in exile on the island. When Elba was ceded to France, Napoleon wrote of its two harbours, its mild climate and its rich iron mines as valuable for France. When he became its monarch in 1815, he would call it an Operetta kingdom.

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