23.06.

Napoleon’s Josephine born on the Caribbean island of Martinique

Napoleon’s Josephine born on the Caribbean island of Martinique

Josephine’s family on the island of Martinique owned and owned a sugar cane plantation (growing sugar cane was once a lucrative occupation, and the work was usually done by black slaves). Martinique still belongs to France today.

On June 23, 1763, the famous Josephine was born – Empress of France and wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. She was born into a French noble family named Tascher de La Pagerie. The Tascher family owned the nobility as early as the Middle Ages (apparently as early as the 12th century), which gave it a considerable reputation in pre-revolutionary France. Josephine’s father’s name was Joseph-Gaspard de Tascher de La Pagerie and he was a knight of the Order of Sts. Louis.

It is very interesting that Josephine was not born in Europe, but on the island of Martinique in the Caribbean. Namely, her family owned and owned a sugar cane plantation there (sugar cane cultivation used to be a lucrative occupation, and the work was usually done by black slaves). Jozefina was born in a small town called Les Trois-Îlets, on the southwestern part of the island of Martinique. The island still belongs to France and has the status of an overseas department (French département d’outre-mer). By the way, Matinique is a fairly large island, almost three times larger than Krk, and today has more than 400,000 inhabitants.

Let us mention that Jozefina was over six years older than Napoleon, and her close peers were, among others: Mozart’s wife Constanze Weber and the Croatian ban Ignjat Gyulay, who himself took part in the wars against Napoleon.

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