John Paul Jones
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On the Caribbean island of Tobago, where his ship Betsy ended her outward voyage, Jones decided to invest money in return cargo rather than pay his crew for their shore leave. One sailor, known as "the ringleader," attempted to go ashore without leave. Jones drew his sword on the man to enforce his orders, but the man set on his captain with a bludgeon. In response to the attack Jones ran him through with his sword. Jones immediately went ashore to give himself up, but the death of the ringleader had so stirred up local sentiment that John Paul's friends prevailed upon him to escape to Virginia at once.
His friends sized up the situation as one that both the sugar planters (the dominant political movers in the area) and the British government would be more likely to hang an unknown mate than to go through a trial that could stir things up. Oh to live in the days when you only had to tack on a new last name to fool the authorities.
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