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Battle of the Nile
Thomas Luny, Battle of the Nile
The beginning of the battle
Location Aboukir Bay, on the Nile River[1]
Date 1-2 August 1798[1]
War French Revolutionary Wars; French invasion of Egypt[1]
Outcome British victory[1]
France First French Republic[1]
François-Paul Brueys D'Aigalliers [1]

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.


As Napoleon Bonaparte's army landed in Egypt and advanced towards Cairo in their Egyptian campaign, he left his fleet in command of Vice-Admiral François-Paul Brueys D'Aigalliers at Aboukir Bay.[1]

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]


  1. 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.

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