John Paul Jones
To fight the British on the sea, America needed a navy.
John Paul Jones became a captain in the new American navy.
His ship was called the Bonhomme Richard.
The Bonhomme Richard was badly damaged.
The British captain signaled to Jones: "Do you surrender?"
But John Paul Jones signaled back: "I have not yet begun to fight."
The men of the Bonhomme Richard decided to fight even harder, until they won the battle.
The British captain was the one who surrendered.
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Washington Crosses the Delaware
King George hired German soldiers to fight against the Americans.
These soldiers were called Hessians.
On Christmas Eve, 1776, the Germans were celebrating in Trenton, New Jersey.
Their camp was just near the Delaware River.
Washington decided to make a surprise attack on the Germans.
He led his troops, in the middle of the night, across the Delaware.
The river was filled with chunks of ice. It was stormy.
But General Washington and his men were successful.
They captured the Germans and all their supplies.