Manchester: Lincoln and Marx
2 months ago
Reflections on St Helena, Napoleon's exile, and English attitudes towards Napoleon.
After a long and generally uneventful voyage, the ship dropped anchor in the harbor of Jamestown, St. Helena.
On the evening of the 17th, Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, now outrageously styled General Buonaparte by the British Government set foot on his last island and walked forward to meet his ultimate destiny.
By exiling him in the middle of the ocean, England presented him with a fresh conquest. Held prisoner on a rock for 6 years, contemplating the world, his career and his dreams with a philosopher's gaze, he succeeded in giving meaning to the hurricane he had let lose upon the old world, he transformed his thirst for adventure and conquest into a crusade for liberty, and his boundless arrogance into a European nationalism carrying all before it.