1797 Italy is controlled by Austria. Austria goes to war with France and Italy supports France. Napoleon removes Austria from Italy and sets up a Republic. Unfortunately, Napoleon’s army ransacked Italy.
1798 French government allows Napoleon to capture Egypt in order to cut off England’s route to its colony, India. Napoleon defeats the Egyptian army but the French navy loses to the British led by Horatio Nelson. Napoleon flees back to France.
1799 Napoleon overthrows the Directory and adopts the title “First Consul.” He creates The Civil Code, in which all of France follows. Initiates public works.