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By D. Cannadine

Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson was once a colorful and intricate personality, whose supremely profitable naval profession speedy attained mythical prestige. via 1803 he used to be Britain's paramount hero and already maimed with the lack of an arm and blind in a single eye. He again to battle whilst known as again in could and spent a different years at sea earlier than demise on the conflict of Trafalgar in 1805. this day, centuries after his loss of life, the 'immortal reminiscence' of Nelson endures. during this booklet, top historians supply an intensive reappraisal of his existence and occasions.

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He had to assume that no other British admiral yet knew the movements of the Toulon fleet. If he did not pursue and mark it, untold damage might be done to British interests in the West or even East Indies. On the other hand the French plan might be (and in fact was) a feint, designed to lure as many British ships as possible away from European waters before the invasion. Information might have reached the Admiralty and caused them to detach other squadrons, fatally weakening the Channel Fleet at the critical moment.

Notes 1. I make no attempt to provide references for every event of Nelson's very well- known career, which can be followed in dozens of biographies. M. Rodger, The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain, 1649-1815 (London: Allen Lane, 2004). 2. Nelson's Letters to his Wife and other Documents, 1785-1831, ed. B. Naish (Navy Records Society vol. 100, 1958), p. 204. 3. Carola Oman, Nelson (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1947), p. 171. 4. John C. Dann (New York: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1988), pp.

On 4 April, off Majorca, he learnt that the Toulon fleet was at sea again. This time Villeneuve, warned by a neutral merchantman of Nelson's whereabouts, succeeded in getting out of the Mediterranean without being intercepted, and in the face of persistent headwinds it was not until the beginning of May that Nelson was able to get through the Straits in pursuit. The problem now was to guess where in the world Villeneuve, and the Spanish ships he had collected from Cadiz, might be bound. An obvious possibility was to the northward, to join the other French squadrons, enter the Channel in overwhelming force, and cover Napoleon's invasion.

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