On this day in 1798 Monge left Italy with Napoleon's expeditionary force to Egypt. The expedition included the mathematicians Fourier and Malus as well as Monge. The expedition was at first a great success. Malta was occupied on 10 June 1798, Alexandria taken by storm on 1 July, and the delta of the Nile quickly taken. However, on 1 August 1798 the French fleet was completely destroyed by Nelson's fleet in the Battle of the Nile, so that Napoleon found himself confined to the land that he was occupying.