In early November 1799, due to the corrupt Directory losing control of political situations and support of the people, Napoleon decided to take action. Troops under his command drove out most of the national legislature and those that remained then were forcibly voted to dissolve the Directory. They then established a group of consuls, one of them, the first, was quickly seized by Napoleon and he assumed the powers of a dictator.
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On December 2, 1804, Napoleon walked down the aisle of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The pope waited for him with a glittering crown but as thousands watch, the new ruler of France took the crown from the pope and placed it on his own head. Later during his rule, his imperial ambitions led him in conquering most of Europe to create an empire.
In his drive for an empire, Napoleon lost only one major battle, but its defeat was more pivotal than all his land victories. It was called the Battle of Trafalgar. The destruction of the French Navy had two major results: it ensured British naval supremacy for the next 100 years and forced Napoleon to withdraw plans of invading Britain. What made worse was that Napoleon attempted to regain France's western colonies in the Americas and failed to due to Haitian rebels.