Political map of Europe & the Mediterranean 6 July 1815 (Waterloo to Paris): Following his defeat at Waterloo (Battle of Waterloo), Napoleon raced back to Paris to rally more political support but was instead forced to abdicate (Abdication of Napoleon, 1815). Attempting to flee to the United States, Napoleon soon fell into British hands and was exiled to the remote South Atlantic island of Saint Helena (Napoleon#Exile on Saint Helena). Meanwhile, the Prussian and Anglo-allied armies chased the retreating French forces back into France (Waterloo campaign: Waterloo to Paris (18–24 June)), securing the surrender of Paris (Convention of Saint-Cloud) in early July.