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1799: Napoleon Fought Against the Turks in Christ’s Homeland

1799: Napoleon Fought Against the Turks in Christ’s Homeland

He conquered even Nazareth, the place where Jesus grew up, and Cannes, the place where Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding, according to the Bible.

It is generally known that Napoleon made a military expedition to Egypt, but it is less known that he continued the expedition trying to conquer the Holy Land (the area of present-day Israel and Palestine). His troops captured the port city of Jaffa on this day (Jaffa-oranges and Jaffa-Cakes are called precisely after that city).

The French massacred many Muslim prisoners after the conquest (at that time the Ottoman Turks ruled all of those areas). There was an outbreak of plague in the French camp. The famous propaganda image of Napoleon visiting the victims of the plague was based on that incident. Napoleon is shown as providing suffering soldiers comfort and fearlessly touching their infected wounds with his fingers.

After the conquest of Jaffa, Napoleon continued his conquests. He conquered even Nazareth, the place where Jesus grew up, and Cannes, the place where Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding, according to the Bible. He defeated the Ottomans at the famous Mount Tabor (the place where Jesus was transfigured). However, after the French failed to capture the port city of Acre, they retreated back to Egypt. Thus ended Napoleon’s expedition to the Holy Land.

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