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  • John Paul Jones
  • John Paul Jones Captures  Man-Of-War Serapis
  • Leaving for Port
  • Arriving 
  • John Paul Jones, born in Scottland sailed to America as cabin boy when he was young.  Then he lived in Fredericksburg, Virginia because his brother owned a business there.  Later becoming a slave and then worked on a merchant ship showing he can be a seamen.  Next thing he did was kill another sailor on the ship, then he hid in the the American Colonies to escape from the British.  When the American Revolution began he travelled the PA.  
  • The Battle Begins
  • The Bonhomme Richard set sail on September 23, 1779 with 140 men from the port in Brest, France for its first battle in the American Revolution.  Heading towards the eastern coast of England.  The ship being captained by John Paul Jones, a naval officer in the Great American hall of Fame. 
  • Are You Done Yet?
  • I have not yet begun to fight!
  • The Bonhomme Richard, Serapis, and Countess of Scarborough arrived on the Eastern coast of England to battle
  • America Takes Over
  • As the fight goes on, the Bonhomme Richard begins taking shots.  The ship got struck by the British, and caught fire and started to take in water.  
  • After the Bonhomme Richard was starting to show weakness because of the fire, the British asked Jones if he's struck his colors yet.  Meaning has he put up the flags of surrender.  Jones came back with "I have not yet begun to fight!"
  • Have you struck your colors?
  • 3 hours more of fighting continued after Jones said he hadn't begun to fight yet.  But finally the British gave up, surrendering to the Americans.  John Paul Jones captured the Serapis resolving the naval war between the Americans and the British.  
  • Okay Okay! We surrender!
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