1802 Alexandre Dumas was born in Villes-Cotter.
1806 After his father`s death the family lived in poverty.
1823 Went to Paris to find work. Due to his elegant handwriting he secured a position with the Duc d`Orléans -- later King Louis Philippe
1824 An illegitimate son called Alexandre Dumas fils, whose mother, Marie-Catherine Labay, was a dressmaker, was born.
1829 As a playwright Dumas made his breakthrough with Henri III et Sa Cour , produced by the Comedie Francaise.
1830 took part in the revolution of July
1832 The play La Tour de Nesle (The Tower of Nesle) was written.
1832 caught cholera during the epidemic of 1832, and traveled in Italy to recuperate
1838 Dumas` first true serial novel was Le Capitaine Paul (Captain Paul), a quick rewrite of a play.
1840 He married his mistress Ida Ferrier, an actress, but he soon separated after having spent her entire dowry.
1843 In a short work, Georges, Dumas examined the question of race and colonialism. The main character, a half-French mulatto, leaves Mauritius to be educated in France, and returns to avenge himself for the affronts he had suffered as a boy.
1844 The Three Musketeers
1845 The Count of Monte-Cristo
1855 Dumas spent two years in exile in Brussels
1857 returned to Paris
1860 He went to Italy, where he supported Garibaldi and Italy`s struggle for independence
12/05/1870 Dumas died of a stroke on December 5, 1870, at Puys, near Dieppe