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The Map Archive is a one-stop-shop for a large collection of Napoleonic Empire maps as well as campaign maps for the Napoleonic wars fought between 1799–1815. Revolutionary had already been at war with its European neighbors since 1792 when the Corsican general Napoleon Bonaparte took power in 1799. France had created a series of buffer states beyond its own natural frontiers, but a series of defeats in 1798 and 1799 had destroyed this proto empire. Bonaparte’s goal was to re-establish French hegemony in Europe, and in a series of well-coordinated military campaigns, he consolidated French rule in central Italy and the Low Countries. He then initiated a territorial reorganization of Germany, creating a power bloc that dominated western and southern Europe. Further expansion into Prussia meant the Empire reached its zenith in 1811. Great Britain remained unconquered, but its trade was blockaded by Napoleon’s Continental System. Bonaparte’s winter invasion of Russia in 1812 was the beginning of his downfall. His state system and network of alliances crumbled. His final ‘Hundred Days’ attempt to regain power led to defeat at the Battle of Waterloo (1815), capture, and imprisonment on the British island of Saint Helena.
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