Posted 10.20.17 @ 0:0 by: Staff

Mark your calendars for the 21st and 22nd of October as Sovereign House opens its doors to anyone interested about learning more about the Battle of Trafalgar and Admiral Horatio Nelson.

Everyone is welcome to join the two-day event hosted by the Bronte Historical Society that marks the 212th anniversary of the renowned Battle of Trafalgar which took place on the 21st of October 1805.

Decisive Battle

The Battle of Trafalgar is the day when a combined fleet of 40 Spanish and French ships was defeated by 33 British ships under the tactical brilliance of Admiral Horatio Nelson during the Napoleonic Wars. This is the battle that thwarted French plans to invade England, therefore changing the course of history.

The admiral was killed during the intense battle but his unique naval tactics will not be forgotten, as well as his huge role in history. The event will feature his role in the battle as well as talk about how his body was preserved to be transported back to Britain. The display will also share aspects of Nelson’s notable life plus depictions from the battle using miniature ships. The main attraction in the exhibit is an authentic letter from the admiral dated 23rd of November 1804. The letter was just lent by the Nelson High School in Burlington for this special day.

Another highlight is the talk that will be given by John McDonald, a local historian. He will talk about the place names that are associated with the battle such as Bronte, Palermo, and Trafalgar on Saturday, October 21 at 2 p.m.

Trafalgar Day Celebration in Oakville

Trafalgar Day is the commemoration of the day when the battle of Trafalgar was won by the British Royal Navy headed by then Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson.

Nelson’s role in history was given more recognition with the formation of the Navy league in 1894. Trafalgar Day 1896 was celebrated and held in Trafalgar Square in London with parades, events, and dinner; a celebration that was also recognised throughout the British Empire back then and most of the Commonwealth these days. It is now a public holiday. 200 Trafalgar celebrations were held by the Royal Navy in 2005 to mark the bicentennial mark of the special day.

Trafalgar Night Celebration

Trafalgar Night is a social usually held in the Officer’s Mess of the Royal Navy on the evening of October 21st. A guest of honour or speaker typically gives a speech or a toast to the immortal memory of Nelson and those who fought alongside him.

Both Trafalgar Day and night is remembered in other Towns and areas, with each having their own way of remembering the significant day.

Come This Weekend!

As for the Oakville event this weekend at the Sovereign House, it runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend. Everybody is welcome!

Would you love to live in the historic Town of Oakville? Contact us as soon as possible so you can be sure to find the best Oakville home for your needs before someone else beats you to it! Trafalgar Day is just one of the many historical dates we observe in our town, you’ll surely enjoy the rest as well!

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