War’s Fortunes and Misfortunes, 1779–1783

Sheldon S. Cohen

in Commodore Abraham Whipple of the Continental Navy

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034331
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038322 | DOI:
War’s Fortunes and Misfortunes, 1779–1783

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By January 1779, it still seemed impossible for any American armed ship to sail into the Atlantic from Narragansett Bay. Also, like the problems seen during the previous year, the citizens were troubled by the presence of several mariners and soldiers in the capital, as well as the increased number of taverns in the area. During this period, American mariners mostly wanted to attack British shipping, but the conflicts of the nation between Spain and France compounded the reason for the lessened concentration of American armed vessels. As the Western Hemisphere fighting continued, antiwar sentiments were also on the increase, and the need for improved economic and social reforms arose. This chapter attempts to look into the various effects that the war had brought about particularly during the period between 1779 and 1783.

Keywords: American armed vessel; Narragansett Bay; war; Spain; France; economic reform; social reform; antiwar sentiments

Chapter.  15991 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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