Introducing two prominent characters: Napoleon and Pascal Paoli

If we were to choose the two major representatives of Corsican history

Napoleon  Pascal-PaoliThe choice would undoubtedly lean towards Napoléon Bonaparte and Pascal Paoli. Both admiration and rivalry bore within the two parties. During his youth, Napoleon greatly admired his elder Paoli, who appeared quite indifferent and at times quite cold towards him. It would appear, a certain rivalry existed between the families, along with their divergency of ideas concerning Corsica. Finally exiled to St Helena, an island in the middle of the South Atlantic, Napoleon remained there until his death in 1821. With regards to Pascal Paoli, when the island was re-occupied by France he went into exile in Britain where he died in 1807. Paoli was a prominent figure who desired and fought for the independence of the island, whereas Napoleon favored being citizens of France, both having taken part in the French Revolution and to this day, many pledge alliance to one or the other, although both men hold their respective role throughout the history of Corsica. “Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength.”

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