CAPE TRAFALGAR (/trəˈfælɡər/ ; Spanish : Cabo Trafalgar ) is a
headland in the
Province of Cádiz
Province of Cádiz in the south-west of
Spain . The
Battle of Trafalgar
Battle of Trafalgar , in which the
Royal Navy decisively
defeated Napoleon 's combined Spanish and French fleet, took place off
It lies on the shore of the
Atlantic Ocean , northwest of the Strait
of Gibraltar . The
International Hydrographic Organization
International Hydrographic Organization defines the
Western limit of the strait and the
Mediterranean Sea as a line that
Cape Trafalgar to the North to
Cape Spartel to the south.
The most prominent structure on the cape is a 34-metre-high
lighthouse (51 metres above sea level), the faro de Cabo Trafalgar,
built in 1860.
The name is of
Arabic origin, deriving either from Taraf al-Ghar
(طرف الغار 'cape of the cave/laurel'), , or from Taraf
al-Gharb (طرف الغرب 'cape of the west') In both cases, taraf
(طرف) means 'edge' or 'extremity' and refers to a promontory . In
modern Arabic, however, the place is sometimes re-transcribed as
al-Taraf al-Aghar (الطرف الأغر).
* ^ "Trafalgar". Random House Webster\'s Unabridged Dictionary .
* ^ A page of a professor of the Facultad de Filología of the
Universidad de Salamanca
* ^ Entry algar, in DRAE dictionary
* ^ A B Richard Burton ,