Napoleon was born on the island of Corsica- a french island in the Mediterranean. his family was actually of Italian descent and sequently, he spoke french with a marked accent, and was often teased as a youth
perhaps napoleons most important contribution was his set of civil laws known as the code civil, or the code napoleon
napoleon led successful military campaigns and as a result, became very popular and politically influential back in France
as a ruler, napoleon was quite effective, enacting numerous important reforms.
as a military man, napoleon had a thirst for battlefield glory. he signed a treaty with England in 1801, but it fell apart due to mutual distrust
in 1806, napoleon started a new foreign policy for all his conquered territories and for his allies--The continental system