Napoleon's Camel. The Arabian camel stands taxidermied in the Musée africain de l'île d'Aix on the Île d'Aix in Charente-Maritime. This island is where Napoleon spent his last days on French soil in July of 1815, after his defeat at Waterloo, before he was exiled to Sainte-Hélène. He was only there for a few days, he is commemorated both in the Musée africain and the nearby Musée Napoléonien, housed in the building where he stayed. The Musée africain de l'île d'Aix was started in 1933 by the Baron Napoléon Gourgaud, the grandson of general Gaspard Gourgaud, a companion of Napoleon on Sainte-Hélène. The camel is said to have been brought back to France in 1801 at the end of the Egyptian campaign and then lived at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris before its death. It is widely believed that its connection to Napoleon was invented by Gourgaud to bring more visitors to his museum. (bio by: Shock)
Departement de la Charente-Maritime
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Nov 01, 1998
Find A Grave Memorial# 3766
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