The Battle of Trafalgar (21 October 1805) was a naval engagement fought by the British Royal Navy against the combined fleets of the French and Spanish Navies during the the Napoleonic Wars with the French (1803–1815). During the battle, the British Royal Navies’ Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, was shot by a French musketeer and died shortly before the battle ended in an infamous glorious victory for the British Royal Navy. That ensured Britains’ world dominance and near full command of the High Seas. Which also ensured the French impending invasion of Britain never took place. With the complete defeat of the French at the Battle of Waterloo in 1814, spelled the end for the ‘ Little Corporal’ ~ Napoleon Bonaparte and the newly formed French Republic.