Napoleon escapes from Elba and returns to France

Sun, 02/26/1815
Napoleon leaves quits Elba exile
Napoleon leaving Elba, painted by Joseph Beaume in 1836.

On 26 February 1815, when the British and French guard ships were absent, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from Portoferraio, Elba, on board the brig Inconstant and so began the Hundred Days of Napoleon.