John Paul Jones: The Father Of The United States Navy

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The American Revolutionary is considered by many to be the most influential and pivotal war for America and its future. Within this war, a multitude of land and naval battles took place, with one of the most notorious being the encounter between the USS Bonhomme Richard and the HMS Serapis. John Paul Jones, who is revered as the “Father of the United States Navy” by many of today’s sailors, led this battle and used the maritime skills he developed over his impressive naval career to carry the Bonhomme Richard and its crew to victory. Based on John Paul Jones’ history and upbringing, it is easy to see how he developed into becoming the most renowned and influential naval officer in the history of the United States Navy.
Prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, tensions between the colonies and Great Britain rose exponentially with time. In an effort to combat the debt encountered from the Seven Years War and maintain control of the
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However, John Paul Jones was not always a household name, as he came from a very modest upbringing. Born in Arbigland. Scotland on 6 July 1747, John Paul Jones was raised in a family that faced poverty and struggled to make ends meet. Not to be discouraged, Jones used his humble beginnings to drive his desire to become a naval officer. It was noted by others that when the young John Paul Jones would play with his friends, he was always the one in charge. Oftentimes they would play with toy sailboats along the shore, and Jones would always be the captain of the ships. His calling to the sea swelled immensely as he received his first apprenticeship on the Friendship at the age of 13. In the following 14 years, John Paul Jones would sail on multiple merchant and slave ships for various countries, learning the ropes of sailing along the

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