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The Long Road to AnnapolisThe Founding of the Naval Academy and the Emerging American Republic$
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William P. Leeman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833834

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895825_leeman

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The Long Road to Annapolis

William P. Leeman

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on John Paul Jones's leaving the United States in search of martial glory elsewhere. Jones was disillusioned with the Continental Congress's lack of interest in developing American naval power after the Revolutionary War. Catherine the Great of Russia, in need of a strong naval leader in her war against the Ottoman Turks, made Jones an offer he could not refuse—a rear admiral's flag and a fleet command in the Russian navy. After serving for a relatively brief period as commander of Russia's Black Sea fleet, Jones took up residence in Paris, where he died bitter and alone in 1792. Seemingly forgotten, he was buried in a simple, unmarked grave in a cemetery on the outskirts of the city.

Keywords:   John Paul Jones, martial glory, Continental Congress, American naval power, Revolutionary War, Catherine the Great

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