Horatio Nelson

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Nelson, by Lemuel Francis Abbott, with his chelengk in his admiral's hat
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Nelson, by Lemuel Francis Abbott, with his chelengk in his admiral's hat

Character Profile

Name: Sir Horatio Nelson
Date of Birth: 29 September, 1758
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Vice-Admiral
Nationality: British
Billets: HMS Boreas, Captain
HMS Agamemnon, Captain
HMS Captain, Captain/Commodore
HMS Theseus, Captain
HMS Vanguard, Rear-Admiral
HMS Foudroyant, Rear-Admiral
HMS Victory, Vice-Admiral


Biography

Among many other campaigns, in his long naval career, Admiral Lord Nelson led the British fleet to victory in the Battle of the Nile in 1798 and in the Battle of Trafalgar in October 1805.

Nelson was severely injured by a falling sail at Trafalgar after a Flecha-del-Fuego set the sails of the HMS Victory on fire. His medals were melted to his chest, a fact he is proud of.

He was known for his ability to inspire and bring out the best in his men.


Slave Trade

Lord Nelson believed that the Slave Trade was a necessary evil which provided a training ground for Britain's sailors and kept her economy strong. His speech against the Foreign Slave Trade Bill introduced into Parliament in 1806, stopped the Abolition movement headed by William Wilberforce from passing laws to ban the slave trade in the British Empire. However, in July 1807 the destruction of all European settlements on the African continent under Mokhachane I (d) effectively ended the African slave trade (although not the practice of slavery itself).

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