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One of Britain’s most iconic victories, and one of the most important battles of the Napoleonic Wars. Fought between the British-led Seventh Coalition (consisting of the United Kingdom, Prussia, the Netherlands and others) and the French Empire led by Napoleon, it concluded with the final defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte, and the end of one of the bloodiest periods in European History which saw millions die.

It paved the way for Britain to become the world’s foremost superpower for the 19th and early 20th centuries, and remains celebrated, with numerous commemorations such as statues, songs, street names existing to this day. This period of British Peace, also known as Pax Britannica, was a golden age for Britain, with the defeat of Napoleonic France leaving the country without any serious threat to its global supremacy.

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