battle of Cape St Vincent

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(14 February 1797)

A naval battle off the south-west coast of Portugal in which Nelson and Jervis defeated a combined French and Spanish fleet of 27 ships. The British were outnumbered almost two to one, but the disorder of the Spanish fleet cancelled out its advantage in numbers. After this victory the British fleet was able to continue its blockade of Cadiz and to re-enter the Mediterranean in pursuit of Napoleon in Egypt.

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