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French. The ruler of France was then the  Emperor  Napoleon.  He  wished  to
make himself ruler of  the  whole  world.  With  his  armies  Napoleon  made
himself ruler over many lands, but he never ruled  Britian.  Why  was  this?
Britian was an island, and the ships of  the  British  navy  would  not  let
Napoleon and his In 1805 a great war was fought between the British and  the
armies cross the sea. The greatest of all the British sailors at  this  time
was Horatio Nelson.
      Nelson fought many times against the French ships. He was very  brave,
and when the ship was in battle, he was always to be seen on desk,  cheering
on his man. In one battle he was blinded in his right  eye;  in  another  he
lost his right arm; but he didn`t think of giving up.
      Nelson was kind and just, as well as brave. Once, when he saw  that  a
young boy who had jast joined the ship was  afraid  to  climb  up  the  tall
masts, he cried out; Ђ —ome along, I`ll race you to the top!ї  In  the  race
to be the first the boy forgot his fear.
      УThere, now,Ф said Nelson when  the  two  were  at  the  top,  Уthat`s
nothing! You must learn to climb masts much higher than this!Ф
      УOur Nel,Ф the man used to say, Уis as brave as lion,  and  as  gentle
as a lamb.Ф
      Nelson`s great fight with the French  was  the  battle  of  Trafalgar,
which was fought near Cape Trafalgar on the coast  of  Spain.  Just  as  the
battle was about to begin, the signal flags were seen flying  on  the  masts
of Nelson`s ship, the  Victory.  This  was  the  signal  which  the  British
sailors read: England Expects That Every Man This Day Will Do His Duty.
      As the British ships  bore  down  on  the  French  line,  the  sailors
remembered Nelson`s message, and made up their minds to fight their  hardest
for their brave leader.
      Soon the battle was raging. The guns roared,  ships  crashed  together
and masts struck by gunfire fell with a  thud  to  the  decks.  Through  the
noise and the smoke the captains and officers shouted  their  commands,  the
sailors toiled at the guns and the ships` boys ran to and  fro  with  powder
and shot.

Nelson, on the Victory, was on deck as usual. His men could  pick  him  out,
even through the smoke, by the four stars which  shone  upon  his  blue  and
white coat. These four stars were the cause of his death. A man  on  one  of
the enemy ships saw them and fired. Nelson was struck on  the  shoulder  and
was carried below to die.
      Already the British were winning the fight. Nelson heard  cheer  after
cheer from his men, as one enemy ship after  another  was  captured.  Before
long one of his officers brought word that the battle was won.
      Two hours later the gallant sailor  died.  With  his  last  breath  he
said: УThank God, I have done my duty!Т



   Admiral Horatio Nelson won several brilliant victories over  the  French
   Navy near the coast of Egypt, at Copenhagen, and finally near Spain,  at
   Trafalgar, in 1805, where he destroyed the French-Spanish fleet . Nelson
   was himself killed,  but  became  one  of  Britain`s  greatest  national
   heroes. His words before the battle of Trafalgar, УEngland Expects  That
   Every Man Will Do His DutyФ, have remained a reminder of patriotic  duty
   in time  of national danger.



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