How many from South Sudan... I rest my case.Something topical, given the call to topple Nelson from his column.
A look at the wide range of nationalities fought in Nelson's Navy in the early 19th century.historyhouse.co.uk
A suprising number of different nationalities fought in Nelson's navy.
The British Navy during Nelson's time was composed of not only British sailors, but many other nationalities. The crews of the ships that fought at Trafalgar included sailors from America, Ireland, Prussia, Sweden, the West Indies, Africa, and even France and Spain against whom the British were fighting. On Nelson's ship HMS Victory there were 22 nationalities involved in fighting on the British side.
Apart from English, Welsh and Scottish, the Irish were by far the largest contingent with over 3573 men indicating that Ireland was their place of birth. There were over 361 American born sailors. There are examples of Swedes (7, Norwegians (25), Prussians (23), Russians (9), Maltese (25), and Italians (115).
From France there were 20, and Spain 8. Even from land-locked Austria there were at least 5.
From Canada, particularity Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, 31 men. 17 are listed as born in Africa. They were all probably black although race is not given. Similarly 123 from the West Indies. Probably all former slaves, now free men and sailors.
How many took the Kings shilling?