One story that isn’t well-known is that Napoleon planned to recapture Canada for France. He made himself dictator of France in 1799, on the pretext of “saving the Revolution,” but then went on to conquer most of Europe.
Napoleon’s plan to recapture Canada was inspired by Sir Alexander Mackenzie, who in 1793 became the first man to cross the continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Mackenzie wrote a book about his trip which Napoleon had translated into French to help him plan his campaign.
His first step was to regain Louisiana. France had owned the Mississippi Valley all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, but had handed over this territory to Spain before signing the Treaty of Paris in 1763 so that Britain would not acquire it.
In 1800, Napoleon regained Louisiana from Spain as part of the secret treaty of San…
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