Two hundred years after the Battle of Waterloo – level 2

27-03-2015 15:00

The French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated in battle 1813 and exiled to Elba – a small island in the Mediterranean. However, Napoleon escaped from the island and returned to power for a period which we now call the Hundred Days. His last battle was the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815.

People know Napoleon for wearing two-cornered hats. The one which he wore during the Battle of Waterloo is normally in a museum in Paris, but people recently sent it to Waterloo in Belgium. It will stay there for four months. One of the emperor’s uniforms was also sent to Waterloo ahead of the bicentenary commemorations.

Difficult words: emperor (the most powerful person of a country – similar to a king), exile (to be sent away from his country), bicentenary commemorations (remembering something that happened 200 years ago).

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