Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821)

Fought Against The Duke of Wellington


Hi and welcome to Bootkidz, this page discusses the role Emporer Napoleon Bonaparte had in the development of the Wellington Boot.

Also see our history of the Wellington Boot webpage for a full historical timeline.

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About Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte, (born 1769 - died 1821), was a military French leader.

He was Emperor of the French from 1804 - 1815.

Peninsular War

Napoleon invaded Portugal in 1807. Soon after this he invaded Spain, taking control of the Iberian Peninsula.

Austria threatened to invade France and Napoleon returned leaving his best troops in Spain and Portugal.

Meanwhile, British forces under the leadership of the Duke of Wellington fought the French off the Peninsula. In his memoirs, Napoleon described the Peninsular War as central to his defeat.

Battle of Waterloo

The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815 near Waterloo in present-day Belgium. The French army under the command of Napoleon was defeated by the armies under the command of the Duke of Wellington.

Wellington Boots after Napoleons Defeat

After the Battle of Waterloo and Napoleons Wellington style boots became extremely popular. See a historical perspective here.


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