NAPOLEON ON ST HELENA
Napoleon in Exile
Napoleon died in exile on St Helena on the 5th May 1821 and world-wide interest can be expected on the bi-centenary of his death next year. This website recreates the period of his exile from 1815 to 1821 on the island. The content encompasses key historical events in North and South America, across the Revolutionary World and on the island of St Helena itself. Here, Napoleon and his gaolers fought continual battles over wine, women and wallpaper.
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The Final Years...After his defeat at Waterloo in 1815, Napoleon spent his final years in exile on St Helena imprisoned by the British Government. It was here that he fought his last campaign continually baiting his British gaolers. During the morning he dictated the memoire of his triumphs both civil and military and afternoons he worked in his garden or rode around the grounds of his prison estate.
St Helena...Napoleon fought his last campaign whilst he was imprisoned in exile on St Helena. Repeated skirmishes were fought over such petty issues of the quantity of wines consumed by his Household; his involvement with a number of local women across the island and his health, ever afterwards claimed by the French to have been caused by arsenic poisoning.
The Atlantic World…For over 17 years Britain and France had clashed repeatedly in struggles across the Atlantic World. From Buenos Aires in South America, to Wexford in Ireland and Manchester in England, the ideas of revolutionary France had spread by insurrection, rebellion and revolution. Even after his defeat at Waterloo in 1815, people still looked to Napoleon to secure their liberty.
London...Where those responsible for Napoleon’s imprisonment were determined that he should never return to Europe whose victorious rulers were intent on the restoration of peace throughout the Continent. Post-war economic recession and demands for political change led to riots across Northern towns and cities as the Alien Office kept watch on liberal sympathisers.