Napoleon never actually set foot in Waterloo. As this Wall Street Journal article points out (just shy of the 200-year anniversary of the battle that ended Napoleon’s run in government),
Most of the Battle of Waterloo took place a few miles south, in Braine-l’Alleud and Plancenoit. The battle got its name because the victor, the Duke of Wellington, penned his official report from his Waterloo headquarters.
I’m all for historical accuracy, but Waterloo is easy to remember (and pronounce). I suspect that’s the primary reason for the town getting all of the credit.
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Rob Bodine is a Virginia attorney focusing his practice on real estate and intellectual property law. He’s currently Virginia counsel with First Class Title, Inc., a Maryland title insurance and settlement company. Rob is also a licensed title insurance agent in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.