Lead: In the fall of 1793 at the southern French port of Toulon, a Corsican Captain of Artillery, Napoleon Bonaparte, began his climb to power.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: East of Marseilles on the Mediterranean coast of France lies the historic naval port of Toulon. Since before the Roman era the two nearly land-locked anchorages of Toulon have provided superb protection for commercial and military shipping. By the 1790s the city had been heavily fortified and was the headquarters of the southern fleet of Revolutionary France, yet in 1793 serious cracks had begun to appear in French political unity and Toulon became the center of great conflict.