Who Was Horatio Nelson?

Over 200 years ago, a great English sailor, Viscount Horatio Nelson helped England to become ruler of the seas. Learn more.

Over 200 years ago, a great English sailor, Viscount Horatio Nelson helped England to become ruler of the seas. His parents, Rev. Edmund and Catherine Nelson celebrated his birth on September 29, 1758 in Burnham Thorp in the county of Norfolk, England.

Horatio Lord Nelson is the most celebrated admiral in British history and the most famous admiral at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. In 1770 he entered the Royal Navy at age 12 and by 1778 he had made captain.

In 1794 he lost his sight in one eye during a battle. Years later while at Naples, he began a celebrated romance with Lady Hamilton, wife of the British ambassador there. She gave birth to Lord Nelson's daughter in 1801 causing a bit of a scandal among society circles.



Off the coast of Spain the Battle of Trafalgar took place. It was here Nelson and his fleet won a clash against the French and Spanish. He adopted the daring and surprising tactic of approaching his rivals from the shore side.

This battle has been called the greatest naval victory in British history. On October 21, 1805, they were winning a fabulous victory over the Franco-Spanish fleet when Lord Nelson was suddenly killed. Today a huge statue of the admiral stands on a tall column in the middle of Trafalgar Square in London. It is one of the great man-made landmarks of the world.

Some say the towering image holds mystical powers. It is said that if you are looking for a certain person all you have to do is stand in front of the statue and the person you are in search of will walk by. Perhaps it's because so many people love to gaze upon the exquisite icon.

Admiral Nelson will always be celebrated for his expert tactical innovations in naval battles. The English will always honor his bravery and strategic mind and his name will always be remembered as a brilliant mastery of naval tactics.

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