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    How a World at War Helped Create an Independent America

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    How a World at War Helped Create an Independent America
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    Battles at sea played a key role in securing American independence, though the British Royal Navy dwarfed the few ships enrolled to comprise the Continental Navy. John Paul Jones became the great hero of the American Navy through his engagement with the HMS Serapis and the memorial erected in his honor during Teddy Roosevelt's presidency. French intervention at the Battle of the Chesapeake made possible the decisive victory at Yorktown that ultimately led to the end of the war.