and a strong personality are blended in this site.
There was one British naval officer who was different - Sir Horatio Nelson! Admiral Nelson was an outstanding and strongly nonconformist personality, because he didn't follow the old and traditional ideas, but creatively made his own way. Most important of all, the way to success was "military disobedience." He usually did not follow orders that he found useless or not according to his own concept. He sometimes lost ships or battles due to his disobedience, but the important battles he won in this way. He also developed new tactics on his own such as the "Nelson touch" in the famous and important battle of Trafalgar. He was a popular and well-liked leader in contrast to the usual relationship between English military leaders and their men. He appealed to the pride and feelings of his sailors. His connection to his men, apart from winning the most important sea battle in modern British history, was one more aspect that made him a hero of the common people in England.
The Battle of Trafalgar was a turning point in world history. The English fleet led by Nelson performed a miracle and defeated the French-Spanish fleet, thus destroying the Spanish dominance of the world oceans. Now Britain "ruled the waves," as the famous anthem goes, and Britain curtailed the Spanish predominance of the oceans and the French dominance of the European continent. This victory opened the path to the construction of the British Empire, as no other European power could prevent Britain's imperialism.
Students can use
the site to learn about the following areas: - an important turning
point in European history
Using the site's timeline,
have the students create a mural of Nelson's accomplishments. Students
may want to visit the artistic interpretation of his last battle.
An artist's interpretation
2005 will be the 200th
anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. After reading about the battle
and its hero, have students design ways that the anniversary could be
commemorated. Students may want to view a sample of a souvenir that was
made in the 1800s and issued again for the 100th anniversary.
Have students take the quiz to draw attention to some important historical points.
Lord Admiral HoratioNelson
- England Expects
Life on Board.
Virtual Tour of
Nelson and His
Leaders in Battle:
Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson
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