Napoleon Bonaparte was born in 1769, at Casa Buonaparte, in Ajaccio, Corsica. His birth name was Napoleone di Buonaparte. He changed the name when he moved to France. He was a French military and political leader. He received a military education. He led France through a series of wars known as the Napoleonic Wars. In 1805, he was crowned King of Italy with the Iron Crown of Lombardy. Napoleon’s influence on the modern world brought liberal reforms to the numerous territories that he conquered and controlled such as Switzerland, Italy and Germany.