Battle of Trafalgar: Introduction

Resources for the topic

October 21 1805

View the following YouTube video for an introduction to the Battle Of Trafalgar.


Using this Research Guide

This guide provides links and resources on the Battle of Trafalgar and relating information organized by topic. This guide serves as a research tool to help you conduct your research on the time period of 1800-1805. Please click on the tabs across the top of this page to guide you through this great sea battle. Watch the videos, use the interactive sites, read the articles and see what books are available on this topic.

As a student of history, you can discover the rich tapestry of our past. But what if the past had happened differently? Admiral Nelson's victory at Trafalgar was significant in European history, forcing Napoleon Bonaparte to redirect his strategy. However, what if Nelson lost? Could his opponent Pierre-Charles Villeneuve have defeated him? How would history have changed with a turn in events? Enter here and discover the exciting history of the Age of Nelson. 

How Much Do You Know About The Battle Of Trafalgar?

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The Battlelines

National Geographic, 2005

The Battlelines


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Badgerlink Resources

(n.d). NAPOLEONIC WARS. Retrieved from Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia database.

Adkins, R. (2005). Trafalgar: A SIGNAL VICTORY. Geographical (Campion Interactive Publishing), 77(10), 56. Retrieved from Science Reference Center database.

National Geographic; Oct2005, Vol. 208 Issue 4, p54-69, 16p, 9 Color Photographs, 1 Black and White Photograph, 1 Diagram, 2 Maps

Poremba, D. (2005). The Trafalgar Companion: A Guide to History's Most Famous Sea Battle and the Life of Admiral Lord Nelson. Library Journal, 130(13), 101-102. Retrieved from Professional Development Collection database.

Lacey, J. (2007). from the Battle of Trafalgar. Military History, 24(6), 18. Retrieved from Military & Government Collection database

What's your opinion?

Does man make history or does history make the man?

Do people truly make history or do people who find themselves in certain circumstances rise to historical notoriety? So, did Nelson make history, or did the time in which he found himself make him? If he had been born 100 years earlier or later , would he still have been famous?

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