IMAGINE IF, AT THE END OF WORLD WAR II, instead of killing himself, Hitler was captured. But the world’s leaders, fearing an uprising around the dictator, decided that instead of putting him on trial, they’d send him to one of the most remote islands int he world, where he’d live out the rest of his days imprisoned and isolated.
This is what happened in 1815 when Napoleon was finally defeated. The first time the powers of Europe defeated Napoleon, they sent him to the island of Elba, just off the coast of Italy. But Napoleon returned and led another rebellion. So when he was defeated a second time, he was sent somewhere more remote: the barren volcanic island of Saint Helena, twelve hundred miles west of the Namibian coast, and twenty-five hundred miles east of Rio. Napoleon would die there at the age of 51 in 1821.