The battle of Trafalgar was the most significant naval engagement of the Napoleonic wars, establishing British supremacy at sea for many years thereafter. The British fleet, led by Lord Nelson, attacked an allied French and Spanish fleet off
Sadly, at the height of the battle, Nelson was fatally wounded by a musket shot and his illustrious career was brought to an untimely end. As he lay dying in the cockpit of the victory, Captain Thomas hardy brought him frequent reports on the progress of the battle. Finally Nelson is said to have uttered his last request, "kiss me hardy", and then to have died with the words, "now I am satisfied. Thank god, I have done my duty".
Some historians believe Nelson may have said "kismet hardy" (fate).
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Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), a great British hero.