Napoleon's Coffin leaving St. Helena

Napoleon died in exile on the island in 1821. He was buried in an unmarked grave. However, as the French Bourbons lost power and nostalgia for Napoleon's achievements gained curry in France once more, Louis-Napoleon ordered that his body be exhumed and brought back to France for burial. Consequently, the French steamer Belle-Poule was sent to recover his body and escort it back to France. Here it can be seen being transferred from the rocky island to the waiting ship.

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