|Nelson’s Refuge: Gibraltar in the Age of Napoleon|
|Friday, 10 August 2012 15:23|
Author: Jason R. Musteen
Publisher: The Naval Institute Press
From Baird Maritime
Having been a British naval base for almost three centuries, despite frequent complaints from Spain., Gibraltar has a special place in naval history.
Commanding the western entrance to the Mediterranean it is close to the scene of many naval battles. It is especially close to Cape Trafalgar, the site of Horatio Nelson’s final crushing victory over the French in 1805.
This very detailed and extensively annotated history describes much more than just the comparatively brief visits that Nelson made at Gibraltar.
While it was particularly busy in the naval sense in Nelson’s time Gibraltar has always been an important “Post of Power” for the British. Nevertheless, it was perfectly positioned to play a major role during the Napoleonic wars.
The author describes that role and the leading players involved particularly well.
Ordering information:The Naval Institute Press Annapolis, USA Web: www.nip.org
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