Trafalgar Square's Many People

Panel Nelson Column
@Ronrybs (8115)
London, England
March 17, 2016 3:10pm CST
Before stalking Charles Dickens today, I went to Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column. On the base of the column are four panels showing scenes from three of his battles and the fourth is of his death on HMS Victory. On the left of the panel, in the picture, there is a figure in the forefront of the battle and it can be seen that he is an African. He may have volunteered or been pressed into service. The Napoleonic Wars did not involve just Europeans and Brits. Men, and women, of many nations ended up serving. One of the causes of the War of 1812, between the United States and Britain, was the Royal Navy's practise of boarding American ships and impressing anyone they thought was a British sailor. The roles would be somewhat reversed during the American Civil War, when the Union Navy was boarding British ships looking for Southerners, and another trans-Atlantic war brifly loomed on the horizon. For an enlarged view of the above picture https://www.flickr.com/photos/136389881@N07/25839360146/in/dateposted-public/
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• United States
17 Mar 16
Yes it is surprising to know that many different people made up these historical events. Like here, a big melting pot in all manner of everything!
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@Ronrybs (8115)
• London, England
17 Mar 16
Indeed, all the way back to the Roman Empire and then back a bit more.
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• United States
17 Mar 16
@Ronrybs It is a great capture you got there Ron.
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@Ronrybs (8115)
• London, England
18 Mar 16
@TiarasOceanView I'd liked to have been at the same level, but you can't have everything
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@BelleStarr (40245)
• United States
18 Mar 16
I find myself there every time I am in London but more for the National Gallery and the Crypt Restaurant at St Martin in the Field. Nelson's column certainly is impressive.
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@Ronrybs (8115)
• London, England
18 Mar 16
I pop into the National Gallery most chances I get, like yesterday. I haven't been in the Crypt Restaurant... for the moment
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@BelleStarr (40245)
• United States
19 Mar 16
@Ronrybs It is a fun place to eat and Nell Gwynn is buried there somewhere though no one knows where.
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@Ronrybs (8115)
• London, England
19 Mar 16
@BelleStarr There's a lot of that, records get lost or just badly maintained
@DianneN (92335)
• United States
18 Mar 16
I've many fond memories of visiting Trafalgar Square and seeing Nelson's Column.
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@Ronrybs (8115)
• London, England
18 Mar 16
One place I know how to get to without a map!
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@JudyEv (142064)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Mar 16
These panels are so detailed. I love studying such things. Some people are so talented.
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@Ronrybs (8115)
• London, England
18 Mar 16
They are quite stunning in the detail and casting
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• Pensacola, Florida
17 Mar 16
Love the picture but even more than that, the story behind it.
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@Ronrybs (8115)
• London, England
18 Mar 16
I had all the strands, but the panel tied it all together
@MALUSE (46033)
• Uzbekistan
17 Mar 16
I must admit that I never looked closely at the panels.
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@Ronrybs (8115)
• London, England
18 Mar 16
I spent about an hour in T Square looking at all kinds of things close up
@JohnRoberts (67391)
• Los Angeles, California
17 Mar 16
Ah Nelson's Column. I have walked by that one a few times.
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@Ronrybs (8115)
• London, England
18 Mar 16
Yes, I been around it a few times!
@teamfreak16 (42538)
• Denver, Colorado
17 Mar 16
Very informative post. I've learned something new today!
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@Ronrybs (8115)
• London, England
17 Mar 16
Once I found out about the panel, it was something I had to see.
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• Rochester, New York
17 Mar 16
This might sound weird, but I love looking at historical items like this. Thank you for sharing!
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@Ronrybs (8115)
• London, England
17 Mar 16
My pleasure, it is something I enjoy doing as well