Napoleon's Campaign in Egypt and Syria Timeline

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  • May 1798 - Sep 1801
    Napoleon's Campaign in Egypt and Syria serves as a catalyst for the formation of the Second Coalition.
  • 19 May 1798
    The French fleet carrying Napoleon Bonaparte and the Armée d'Orient sets out for Egypt.
  • 10 Jun 1798
    Napoleon Bonaparte captures Malta and expels the Knights of St John.
  • 2 Jul 1798
    Napoleon Bonaparte captures Alexandria in Egypt.
  • 21 Jul 1798
    The Battle of the Pyramids, fought between French and Mamluk forces, results in a decisive French victory.
  • 24 Jul 1798
    Napoleon Bonaparte enters Cairo.
  • 1 Aug 1798
    The French fleet anchored at Aboukir Bay is completely destroyed by a British fleet under Horatio Nelson at the Battle of the Nile.
  • 3 Mar 1799 - 7 Mar 1799
    The Siege of Jaffa results in a French victory; thousands of Ottoman prisoners are subsequently massacred.
  • 20 Mar 1799 - 21 May 1799
    The French unsuccessfully lay siege to Acre, and are forced to retreat; Napoleon Bonaparte's Syrian campaign is ended.
  • 16 Apr 1799
    Napoleon Bonaparte defeats an Ottoman army at the Battle of Mount Tabor.
  • 15 Jul 1799
    The Rosetta Stone is rediscovered by Pierre-François Bouchard, an officer in Napoleon's army.
  • 23 Aug 1799
    Napoleon Bonaparte leaves Egypt for France, abandoning his army in Alexandria.
  • 14 Jun 1800
    General Jean-Baptiste Kléber, commander of the French Army of Egypt, is assassinated in Alexandria.
  • 17 Aug 1801 - 2 Sep 1801
    The Siege of Alexandria results in a French defeat and an inglorious end to Napoleon's Campaign in Egypt and Syria.