Event Summary

American naval vessel receives salute

Date

November 16, 1776

Description

The Andrew Doria , one of the Continental Congress's four commissioned naval vessels, commanded by Nicholas Biddle, had its flag acknowledged by the Dutch on St.Eustacius Island, the West Indies. Marked first foreign recognition of American sovereignty.

Lecture

Navy/Warfare

Timeline 1

The Revolutionary Atlantic, 1750-1815

Timeline 2

American Navy and Naval Warfare, 1775-1865

Related Source

First Salute, The