It was two hundred and fifteen years ago today that Admiral Lord Nelson defeated the combined French and Spanish fleets off Trafalgar. This is one of those victories that in the modern age we seem to think was pre-ordained. It wasn’t. I’m told that it is barely celebrated in England, that’s very silly. This is a victory that did as much to make the world we live in as Salamis, Lepanto, or the Armada. That’s sad. I can only attribute that to too many of our people coming to believe that our influence on the world has been an evil one. That is not only wrong, and perhaps evil in itself, but diametrically opposed to the truth.
Sir Walter Raleigh, in A Discourse of the Invention of Ships, Anchors, Compass, &c., said this:
For whosoever commands the sea commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands…
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