On this day in 1805 the Royal Navy under Admiral Nelson smashes the combined French and Spanish fleet off Cape Trafalgar. 

Leading eventually to the Pax Britannica and one hundred years of unchallenged British dominance of the seas, the expansion of the British Empire to include nearly 400 million people, and the creation of an “informal empire” of business hegemony. 

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