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Battle of the Nile

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A painting showing the wreck of a French ship, L'Orient, during the battle.

The Battle of the Nile was an important naval battle (fought by ships) between the British and the French. It happened in 1798. The British, led by Horatio Nelson, defeated the French who were led by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is called the Battle of the Nile because it was fought in an estuary of the River Nile, off the coast of Egypt.