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jones, john paul

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Jones, John Paul definition


A naval leader of the Revolutionary War, known for his attacks on British ships off the coast of England. When a British commander asked him to surrender his badly crippled ship during a battle, he allegedly replied, “I have not yet begun to fight” — and compelled the British ship to surrender. Two days later, his own ship sank.

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