The Napoleonic period, which lasted from the late 18th century to the early 19th century, was marked by significant warfare and conflict for England. During this time, England was one of the main powers fighting against Napoleon Bonaparte and his French empire. The period saw a series of major conflicts, including the Napoleonic Wars, which began in 1803 and lasted until Napoleon's defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The British navy played a key role in the wars, with famous victories such as the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, in which Admiral Horatio Nelson defeated the French navy. The period also saw significant land battles, including the Peninsular War, fought in Spain and Portugal from 1808 to 1814, in which British forces played a key role in pushing back against French forces. The Napoleonic period also saw conflicts with other European powers, including the War of 1812 against the United States. Overall, the period was marked by significant military conflict for England, both at sea and on land, as the country played a key role in opposing Napoleon and his empire.
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