Battle of Trafalgar — October
The naval Battle of Trafalgar was part of the
Franco-British War of 1803,
which in turn was a chapter in the
BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR
OCTOBER 21, 1805
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provided by National Geographic.
Who Fought the Battle
The British fought the combined forces of
the French and the Spanish.
Horatio Nelson and
Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood led the British who fought with 27 ships. Admiral
Pierre-Charles-Jean-Baptiste-Silvestre de Villeneuve led the
record list of long names and 33 ships, 18 of which were French and
What Was the Outcome
of the Battle of Trafalgar?
The British won but lost their hero Nelson.
The French and Spanish lost 19 ships.
The British lost none.
Casualties: 6,953 for the French and
Spanish 4,408 of which deaths, and 1,690 for the British 430 of
The French and Spanish fleets were
destroyed, thus Napoleon could forget about his dream of invading the
The Channel is a mere ditch, and will be crossed
as soon as someone has the courage to attempt it.
Napoleon, November 16, 1803
Battle of Trafalgar the British were top dogs at the seas of the world again.
of Trafalgar - October 21, 1805
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Napoleon was eager to invade Britain but his fleet was unable to do
anything because the British blocked all major European ports and
kept the French ships nicely trapped at harbor.
However, some ships
managed to escape in 1805 from Toulon and Cadiz. It took the British
some six months to track them down but they finally managed to do so
west of Cape Trafalgar, near Gibraltar.
Battle of Trafalgar
At least one woman fought at Trafalgar for the British. Her name was
Jane Townshend. She was aboard the HMS Defiance and
survived the whole ordeal.
The crew aboard Nelson's flagship, the
HMS Victory, consisted of 820 men who represented 19 different
nationalities. Captain of the vessel was Thomas Hardy.
The British fleet consisted of 33 ships.
Twenty-seven of these ships were men-of-war.
The French and Spanish fleet was equipped with approx. 30,000 men.
Collingwood was aboard the HMS Royal Sovereign.
Check this info sheet on the Battle of
Trafalgar (en Espaņol)
La batalla de Trafalgar
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And here is the North Atlantic map for naval wars 1803 - 1805
North Atlantic Naval Wars