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The Battle of the Nile was one of the most decisive naval battles to ever have been played out - in one night it altered the course of world history denying Napoleon his Eastern Empire and crippling him at sea For its victors the British under Admiral Nelson it was also a textbook example of daring inventiveness unconventional warfare and the power of individual initiative The Battle of the Nile did not strengthen Napoleons reputation as a military leader because his loss at Aboukir meant that his fleet was no longer something to be feared at sea it cut off Napoleon from conquering the rest of Egypt and the performance of his fleet was a disgrace to the absent war hero himself Until the Battle of the Nile Napoleons fleet of battle-hardened warships were unrivaled at sea Many opposing fleets would either turn mast and run from the great Napoleonic fleets or call in reinforcements to fight a losing battle Originally the Battle of the Nile was meant to be a reconnaissance mission for the British fleet under the young and daring Admiral Nelson but after the French fleet was sighted just east of his current position Nelson rushes to engage Napoleons armada Now people knew it was possible to defeat Napoleon and thus fought with a new passion Napoleons defeat in Aboukir Bay meant that his forces were no longer the rulers of the seas and it crippled his Egyptian Campaign Napoleons defeat at the Battle of the Nile meant that the British now ruled the waterways surrounding Egypt which crippled the Frenchs advance eastward This was a major blow to Napoleon because it meant that he would have to assault Asia by land and face the cold Russian winters But after the defeat Napoleons dreams of conquering the rich lands of India were over his armies were contained in Europe and after being defeated in Russia his days of conquering were coming to
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