On 15 August 1769 Napoleone di Buonaparte was born to Carlo and Leticia (Ramolino) Buonaparte in Ajaccio, Corisca. The fairly influential family of Italian heritage was of some substance. As a result Carlo was able to send Napoleone to study in France. There the boy would prepare for a future in the military. Napoleone was apparently an adept student who enjoyed his studies. Five years after leaving Corisca he entered École Militaire. Napoleone excelled at the military academy. In 1786 he received a second lieutenant’s commission in the La Fère artillery regiment. His duties came to a stand still, however, when his father died. Carlo had been a big spender and when he died the family was left in financial straits. Napoleon returned to Corisca to help out.
The Buonaparte family’s loyalties had been leaning towards France despite their Italian background. It was evidenced in the use of their name; the spelling was changed to Bonaparte