Archive for May, 2011

The Honey Bees of Napoleon

Napoleon's bee

The 5th of May, 1821. On this day, Napoleon Bonaparte, the former French Emperor, died on St. Helena.

Although he was never a beekeeper, Napoleon used the honey bee as one of the most important symbols of the power and prestige of his empire.

There seems to be two schools of thought of why Napoleon’s government chose the honey bee as part of its iconography. Read the rest of this entry →


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