Little Corsican

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The Little Corsican, 1769-1785 (Station 1)

Napoleon Bonaparte, who is also known as the "little Corsican," was born on August 15, 1769 in Ajaccio, Corsica. Napoleon was known as the little Corsican because of his height of 5 feet 2 inches.

Napoleon was the fourth child and second son of Carlo (Charles) Buonaparte (1746-1785) and Letizia Ramolino Buonaparte (1750-1836). He had 7 brothers and sisters.

When Napoleon was nine, his father sent him to a French military academy at Brienne-le-Chateau. Then in 1784, Napoleon was selected for the elite École Militaire in Paris. While there, he was constantly teased by the French students for his height and Corsican background. At the age of 16, he joined the French army.

Map of Corsica and Europe Napoleon as a Cadet

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