Napoleon Bonaparte was powerful for only a decade and a half but his impact lasted until near the end of the 20th century, nearly 200 years after he died.
He was born on 15th August 1769 on the island of Corsica, the second of eight children.
At the age of ten, Napoleon and his older brother Joseph left for mainland France. They spent a year at a preparatory school in Autun, followed by five years at military college and a year at the officer academy in Paris. By the end of these seven years, Bonaparte was a professional French soldier.