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A Heroic Point of View - 1

As a commander Horatio Nelson was known for bold action, deep respect for his men, and an occasional disregard for orders. In various engagments he lost the sight in his right eye and his right arm. In the modern view of the world, his injuries made him a victim, a "handicapped" or "challenged" person. In another view, his war wounds made him a hero.

In Nelson's view they meant nothing whatsoever. What counted was not his injuries, but his actions and their outcomes.

Nelson's victories prevented the invasion of Britain by Napoleon, and contributed to an unexpected outcome: The Royal Navy took charge of the world's sea lanes, and stopped the slave trade, as described