A brief outline of relevant events.
August 15: Napoleon Bonaparte born on Corsica.
Lord Macartney's embassy to China. His ship, the Lion, becomes the first Western vessel to chart the Bay of Zhitao. Maccartney refuses to perform the ritual obesiance, the kow tow, to the Emperor of China and the British expedition was forced to leave.
January: The French frigate Amitie and a dragon egg are captured by William Laurence and the HMS Reliant. One week later, Temeraire hatches and is harnessed and named by Laurence. Laurence appoints Lt. Tom Riley as Reliant's captain.
February: Three weeks after Temeraire's hatching, Reliant arrives at Funchal, Madeira. After spending two weeks on a transport from the vicinity of Madeira to Britain, Laurence reports to Aerial Command in London. After spending a night at his family's home in Nottinghamshire, he reports to the Loch Laggan covert, where he and Temeraire begin training with Berkley and Maximus under Celeritas's supervision.
September 29-30: Excidium leaves Dover for Cadiz. He arrives two weeks later, and the British begin their attack on the Spanish.
December 2: Napoleon defeats Russia and Austria at Austerlitz
December 25: Christmas. Sun Kai recites poetry by Lung Li Po, iniating Temeraire's Chinese education.
February 18: Chinese New Year. Feng Li attempts to murder William Laurence.
October 14: Prussia defeated at Jena-Auerstadt
March: Seige of Danzing begins.
June 18: Napoleon Bonaparte defeated by Wellington at Waterloo.
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