On this day in 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte disembarked on the island of St. Helena to live out the remainder of his life in exile. Napoleon had been exiled just a year before on the less remote (and relatively more bustling) Mediterranean island of Elba. The British shipped Napoleon off to St. Helena after his escape from Elba and brief restoration to power in France, a period called the 100 days.
The French defeat at the Battle of Waterloo sealed Napoleon's fate and he surrendered to the British in July 1815. Napoleon's final years on the damp island were mostly dreary and dull, a state familiar to anyone who has recently been in quarantine lockdown. But he did study English, dictate his memoirs, and write a book on Julius Caesar. He died on St. Helena in 1821 and was buried there until his remains were triumphantly returned to France in 1840.
[Image description: Detail is from a colorful pictorial world map. The central image is labeled St. Helena and shows Napoleon standing on the island in a purple coat with his back to the viewer looking out to sea.]
Ernest Dudley Chase, and Houghton Mifflin Company. "Mercator map of the world." 1931. bit.ly/2SRBvHe