The U.S. Navy’s creation and development extended over nearly a quarter of a century, from the American Revolution to the Quasi-War with France, and proceeded in the face of numerous political, philosophical, and economic obstacles. The following essay and listing of resources paint a colorful and well-round picture of the service’s origins.
"The Birth of the U.S. Navy," historical essay by Adam Bisno, Ph.D., NHHC Communication and Outreach Division
The Sextant Blog Posts
Some Continental and Early U.S. Navy Ships
Selected Infographics, Video, and Imagery (click to learn more or to download)
A video examining the circumstances surrounding the Naval Act of 1794 and its lasting impact on the Navy today.