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Map of the Battle of Trafalgar, published by William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh & London, 1848 (hand-coloured engraving).
This beautiful map, published in 1848, shows the Battle of Trafalgar and the British fleet breaking the French and Spanish line. Nicely colour coded to easily distinguish the ships from each side, it is a fantastic representation of the famous battle of 21st October 1805 and a pivotal moment in British naval history.
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The Battle of Trafalgar (21 October 1805) was a naval engagement fought by the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars against a combined fleet of the French and Spanish.
Twenty-seven British ships led by Admiral Lord Nelson aboard HMS Victory defeated thirty-three French and Spanish ships under French Admiral Villeneuve. The battle took place in the Atlantic Ocean near the southwest coast of Spain, just west of Cape Trafalgar. The Franco-Spanish fleet lost twenty-two ships and the British lost none.
The victory confirmed the naval supremacy Britain had established during the course of the eighteenth century and this was achieved in part through Nelson's departure from the prevailing naval tactics of the day. Conventional practice at the time was for opposing fleets to engage each other in single parallel lines, in order to facilitate signalling and disengagement, and to maximise fields of fire and target areas. Nelson instead arranged his ships into two columns to sail perpendicularly into the enemy fleet's line.
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