Joseph Bonaparte, banned from France
The first time he fled to Switzerland, and after the final abdication of Napoleon in 1815 he fled to the United States of America on false papers. Europe was not an option anymore, In France, a new law of 1816 banished the Bonapartes from France and confiscated their property. Many other countries of Europe also placed restrictions on the Bonapartes.
Joseph was able to get much of his wealth to the USA though, and bought the estate Point Breeze in New Jersey.
The Bonaparte estate became a cultural center and guests, both new American friends and French exiles visited the house all the time. Jospeh was known for his hospitality. His wife and kids did not follow him to the USA, he did not see theme again for 25 years! In 1832 Joseph moved to London to be closer to France.
Julie Clary, wife of Joseph Bonaparte, with her two daughters
The house he lived in at Point Breeze was pulled down in 1850. The only reminder of his presence there is Lake Bonaparte, located in the town of Diana, New York, United States, which is named after him.
In the meantime his wife, Marie Julie Clary, and their daughters stayed in Europe, living in Frankfurt, Brussels and finally settled in the Serristori Palace in Florence, Italy.
This Palace is an Excellent apartment hotel these days. Joseph finally joins his wife here in 1840 and dies here in 1844. Julie dies only eight moths later and they were buried together at the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence. In 1862 the self-proclaimed French Emperor Napoleon III reburied Joseph in Les Invalides, Paris.
Julie’s remaind staid behind in Florence…
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