Isola d’Elba

När jag går nerför dessa trappor och blickar ut mot huset andra sidan gården liknar det en sydfransk fästning, där man skulle kunnat se Napoleon argt stirra ut mot horisonten.

Following the Treaty of Fontainebleau, French emperor Napoleon I was exiled to Elba after his forced abdication in 1814 and arrived at Portoferraio on May 3, 1814 to begin his exile there. He was allowed to keep a personal guard of six hundred men. Although he was nominally sovereign of Elba, the island was patrolled by the British Navy.

During the months Napoleon stayed on the island, he carried out a series of economic and social reforms to improve the quality of life, partly to pass the time and partly out of a genuine concern for the well-being of the islanders. Napoleon stayed on Elba for 300 days. He returned to France on February 26, 1815 for the Hundred Days. After his defeat at Waterloo he was subsequently exiled again, this time to the barren and isolated South Atlantic island of Saint Helena. Napoleon’s stay on Elba is the basis for the famous English language palindrome: “Able was I ere I saw Elba.” Internationally, Elba is best known for its connection to Napoleon.

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