Ontario Public School History of England : Authorized by the Minister of Education for Ontario for Use in Forms IV and V of the Public Schools . reat Britain.He had made himself emperor of the French, and now fellthat he was in a position to carry out his cherished schemeof the invasion of England. For this purpose he musteredone hundred and thirty thousand men at Boulogne. Letus be masters of the Channel for six hours, he said, and 1802-05] THE HOUSE OF HANOVER 247 we are masters of the world. The danger to Great Britainwas very grave, but Napoleon had not reckoned with thepeople with whom he

Ontario Public School History of England : Authorized by the Minister of Education for Ontario for Use in Forms IV and V of the Public Schools . reat Britain.He had made himself emperor of the French, and now fellthat he was in a position to carry out his cherished schemeof the invasion of England. For this purpose he musteredone hundred and thirty thousand men at Boulogne. Letus be masters of the Channel for six hours, he said, and 1802-05] THE HOUSE OF HANOVER 247 we are masters of the world. The danger to Great Britainwas very grave, but Napoleon had not reckoned with thepeople with whom he Stock Photo
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Ontario Public School History of England : Authorized by the Minister of Education for Ontario for Use in Forms IV and V of the Public Schools . reat Britain.He had made himself emperor of the French, and now fellthat he was in a position to carry out his cherished schemeof the invasion of England. For this purpose he musteredone hundred and thirty thousand men at Boulogne. Letus be masters of the Channel for six hours, he said, and 1802-05] THE HOUSE OF HANOVER 247 we are masters of the world. The danger to Great Britainwas very grave, but Napoleon had not reckoned with thepeople with whom he had to deal. Addington was forcedto resign, and Pitt was again called to tb helm. He atonce took active measures to guard against the proposedinvasion, and to enlist the aid of the European powers. That the French did not set foot on British soil was duelargely to the untiring vigilance of Admiral Lord Nelson.During a period of twenty months he was stationed offToulon, and during that time he left his ship only three times, and for less than an hour on each occasion. But one stormynight, the French managed to escape, and joining the Span-. SoME OF Nelsons Ships ish fleet, made for the West Indies. This, however, was onlya ruse, and as soon as Nelson had been lured into followingthem, the French and Spanish fleet returned to home waters.But Nelson, not finding them in the West Indies, suspectedtheir design, and hurried back to England, nearly heart-broken at the way in which he had been tricked. In themeantime, the French and Spaniards had arrived at home, had fought a losing battle with a British fleet under SirRobert Calder, and taken refuge in the harbour of Cadiz.On October the 21st, 1805, the French and Spanish 248 HISTORY OF ENGLAND [1805-06 fleets, numbering thirty-three ships, ventured out of theharbour, and were attacked by Nelson, who had againresumed command, with twenty-seven ships of the line.In less than five hours, the allied fleets were hopelesslyshattered off Cap

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