France and the world at large are commemorating the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte this year. He died on the island of Saint Helena on May 5th, 1821 and is one of the most celebrated personalities in the West. Military leader, political leader, consul, emperor, Napoleon’s military strategy and tactics influenced generations of American officers and the faculty of the United States Military Academy at West Point developed and edited a 16-volume series on his strategy entitled A Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars. He was born in Ajaccio on the island of Corsica in 1769 and his home town, the capital of Corsica, is overflowing with celebrations, conferences, exhibitions and restorations to commemorate the Emperor this year.
The Cours Napoleon is the major artery in the downtown of Ajaccio and which, as its name implies pays tribute to Napoleon. It stretches a scenic and colorful 875 meters (2,870 feet) from the Place Abbatucci and the Diamond Square. And it is enjoying a thorough restoration and green revolution this year in honor of the anniversary. Stay tuned for upcoming Napoleonic events.
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