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Contents

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p. v

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Preface

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pp. vii-ix

Although there have been many splendid books on early American naval history, there is a need for a new survey of the subject, particularly one with a broad perspective. This book tries to meet that need. It begins before 1775 because at least until...

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1 The American Colonies and theBritish Navy, 1607–1775

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pp. 1-15

The naval great powers during the age of sailing ship warfare that ended in the middle of the nineteenth century were, with the exception of Great Britain, not those of the great age of battleship and aircraft carrier warfare during the first half of...

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2 The War against Britain, 1775–1783

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pp. 17-31

In 1774 the North American colonies sent delegates to a Continental Congress that unsuccessfully petitioned George III to lift the Coercive Acts. It reconvened in 1775, soon after the Battles of Lexington and Concord, now facing not only the threat...

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3 A New Navy Fights France and theBarbary States, 1783–1805

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pp. 33-48

American independence, achieved with great difficulty, was incomplete and tentative. International law provided little protection in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world. Weak states survived chiefly because of the mutual jealousy of their stronger...

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4 A Precarious Neutrality Ends in a SecondWar against Britain, 1805–1815

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pp. 49-64

While almost the entire American navy was engaged in a war against Tripoli, the United States undertook crucial negotiations with France. In spite of their recent defeats in the war against Britain, France and its ally Spain still were the world’s second...

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5 Trade Protection and War with Mexico,1815–1861

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pp. 65-81

The United States attempted with only limited success to expand its navy during the War of 1812. Between 1813 and the end of 1815 it launched the 74-gun ships of the line Independence, Washington, and Franklin, the 44-gun frigates Guerriere...

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6 The Civil War, 1861–1865 / Map of the Mississippi Valley

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pp. 83-121

The navy was caught unprepared when, in response to the election of Abraham Lincoln, the states of South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas chose to leave the Union. In early February 1861, through a self-proclaimed...

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7 Epilogue

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pp. 123-125

During the Civil War the navy built or purchased some 600 ships, but once the war ended, most of them were demolished or sold; within half a dozen years only fifty or so were still in commission. The navy quickly reverted to its earlier limited...

Notes and Suggested Further Reading

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pp. 127-182

Index

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pp. 183-194