Switzerland. Canton Ticino. Malvaglia. Blenio valley (Val di Blenio ). A bust of Napoleon Bonaparte stands alone on a rock. Napoléon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a Corsican statesman and military leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the French Revolutionary Wars. He was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814 and again briefly in 1815 during the Hundred Days. Napoleon dominated European and global affairs for more than a decade while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won most of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, building a large empire that ruled over continental Europe before its final collapse in 1815.
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