Battle of the Nile
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as the Bataille d'Aboukir or in Egyptian Arabic
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as معركة أبي قير البحرية) was a major naval battle fought between British and French fleets at Aboukir Bay on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt
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from 1–3 August 1798. The battle was the climax of a naval campaign
Mediterranean campaign of 1798
The Mediterranean campaign of 1798 was a series of major naval operations surrounding a French expeditionary force sent to Egypt under Napoleon Bonaparte during the French Revolutionary Wars. The French Republic sought to capture Egypt as the first stage in an effort to threaten British India, and...
that had ranged across the Mediterranean during the previous three months, as a large French convoy sailed from Toulon
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, carrying an expeditionary force under General Napoleon Bonaparte.