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Corsica, Mediterranean island and French department north of Sardinia, off the coast of western Italy, occupying 3,352 sq mi (8,682 sq km). It is largely mountainous, with Mediterranean scrub and forest. Its products include olive oil, wine, and citrus fruits. Its rulers have included Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Goths, Saracens, and (1347–1768) the Genoese, who sold it to France. There is strong nationalist feeling on the island. Napoleon Bonaparte was born here.

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