Battle of Trafalgar

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The Battle of Trafalgar was a major naval engagement fought on October 21, 1805 between a British fleet of 27 ships-of-the-line commanded by Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson and a combined French and Spanish fleet of 33 ships-of-the-line commanded by French Admiral Pierre-Charles Villeneuve. The battle took place off Cape Trafalgar, off the southwest coast of Spain, and was a significant victory for the British, who captured 17 ships of the combined fleet and sunk an 18th. Among the 449 British killed in the action was Admiral Nelson, who suffered a fatal wound from a musket shot fired by a sharpshooter aboard the French ship Redoutable.

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