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1799: General Napoleon Bonaparte Sails from Egypt to France

1799: General Napoleon Bonaparte Sails from Egypt to France
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  • Historical event:
  • 23 August 1799
  • Napoleon spent more than a year in Egypt and the Middle East (something akin to a military expedition). Namely, he tried to conquer Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries.

On this day in 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte sailed from Egypt to France.

He wanted to take power in France. At the time, he served as the army’s general and commander, but wanted to become ruler of France (the state was ruled by the Directory consisted of five members, and Barras was its chief director). Napoleon spent more than a year in Egypt and the Middle East (something akin to a military expedition). Namely, he tried to conquer Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and other Middle Eastern countries.

He conquered Egypt, but didn’t defeat the Ottoman Turks in Palestine (the dramatic battles between the French and the Muslims were fought on the battlefields in Galilee, where Jesus Christ spent His youth).

After his military expedition, Napoleon became the leading military commander of the French Republic. On this day, he sailed from Egypt to his homeland, France. His ship was named “Muiron”, and was something akin to a frigate. It had 340 crew members and 44 cannons. After 41 days, Napoleon came to France (he had also come to Egypt after 41 days).

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