World History 1797

About the history of the world in 1797, first parachute is tested, Napoleon wins Belgium for France.



Oct. 22 Andre Jacques Garnerin, released from a balloon over Paris at a height of 2,230 ft., made the first parachute descent, a feat which Wilbur Wright called one of the most courageous acts in aviation history. His chute was 23 ft. in diameter and supported by a wooden pole, like an umbrella.

Dec. After signing a peace treaty with Austria that gained Belgium and Lombardy for France, Napoleon was given a hero's welcome in Paris. The Directory, anxious to get him off their hands, asked him to turn his troops on England.

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