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|Battle of the Nile|
The beginning of the battle
|Location||Aboukir Bay, on the Nile River|
|Date||1-2 August 1798|
|War||French Revolutionary Wars; French invasion of Egypt|
|First French Republic|
|François-Paul Brueys D'Aigalliers † |
The Battle of the Nile, also known as the Battle of Aboukir Bay, or in French as Bataille d'Aboukir, was an important naval engagement between a British fleet led by Sir Horatio Nelson and French Vice-Admiral François-Paul Brueys D'Aigalliers in Aboukir Bay on the Nile River. The battle trapped French general Napoleon Bonaparte in Egypt by losing his fleet to Nelson. It also made the Royal Navy the dominant force in the Mediterranean Sea.
Meanwhile, Nelson's fleet had pursued of the French fleet, and discovered it moored in the Bay of Aboukir. Then took place the decisive battle, August 1st and 2nd, and the almost total destruction or capture of Vice-Admiral Brueys' fleet. Few naval engagements have been considered as important as those of the Battle of Aboukir. It destroyed a third part of the naval force of France and a great number of her best sailors, gave Great Britain an irresistible superiority in the Mediterranean, dissipated all hope of conquest in Egypt, and reduced the French expedition to that country to a mere military descent, without the hope of reinforcement or retreat, in which the invading army must perish by its own triumphs.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Dyer, Thomas H. "Aboukir." The History of Modern Europe: from the Fall of Constantinople, in 1453, to the War in the Crimea. Vol. 4. London: John Murrat, 1864. 304. Print.