Napoleon distributes crosses of the Legion of Honour at the camp of Boulogne, 16 August 1804

After the peace of Amiens was broken in 1803, Bonaparte relaunched the project of an expedition against England from the coasts of the English Channel. He gathered considerable numbers of troops, especially in the region of Boulogne. On his first visit as Emperor of France, he awarded them the Legion of Honour, the new order of chivalry created two years earlier.