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Battle of the Nile
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The Battle of the
Nile, August 1798.
During the Napoleonic Wars
after the Royal Navy left the Mediterranean, Napoleon was ordered to seize
Egypt and to secure the Red Sea for France. When the British heard of the
French landing, Admiral Horatio Nelson, with a Royal naval squadron, was
sent to Egypt. On the 1st August, Horatio Nelson discovered the French
fleet at anchor in Aboukir Bay, the French fleet consisted of 13 ships of
the line, 4 naval frigates and a variety of troop ships. Admiral Nelson
had a force of 14 ships, he divided his fleet into two, sailed one half of
his fleet into the bay of Aboukir between the French and the shoreline,
while the 2nd half of his fleet sailed the other side of the French line.
The French fleet was almost entirely destroyed with only 2 French ships
escaping. This British naval victory ended Napoleon's Egyptian campaign.
Aboukir Bay is East of Alexandria in Egypt.