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Continental Congress creates a Continental Navy

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On this day December 22nd 1775 The Continental Congress creates a Continental Navy, naming Esek Hopkins, Esq., as commander in chief of the fleet.Congress also named four captains to the new service: Dudley Saltonstall, Abraham Whipple, Nicholas Biddle and John Burrows Hopkins. Their respective vessels, the Alfred, Columbus, Andrew Doria and Cabot, became the first ships of the Navy’s fleet. Five first lieutenants, including future American hero John Paul Jones, five second lieutenants, and three third lieutenants also received their commissions.The new Admiral Hopkins, as he was dubbed by George Washington, was a Rhode Islander of some standing. His brother...

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Americans win more than a battle at Saratoga

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On this day October 17th, 1777 British general and playwright John Burgoyne surrenders 5,000 British and Hessian troops to American General Horatio Gates at Saratoga, New York, on this day in 1777.In the summer of 1777, General Burgoyne led an army of 8,000 men south through New York in an effort to join forces with British General Sir William Howe’s troops along the Hudson River. After capturing several forts, Burgoyne’s force camped near Saratoga while a larger Patriot army under General Gates gathered just four miles away. On September 19, a British advance column marched out and engaged the Patriot...

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