A Student of History

April 13, 2007

A Matter of Perspective

Filed under: Wars — John Maass @ 3:43 pm

Was John Paul Jones, the famous American naval hero of the American Revolution, a <gulp!> pirate?!?!

Well, it depends on whether you were sailing with him, or if your town was looking into the muzzles of his ship cannons.  The latter perspective is that of the Scots, and can be read in an interesting piece here.  It includes the portrait of Jones below, which I had not seen before….

John Paul Jones captained the Bonhomme Richard...


  1. I prefer to think of him as the faux-namesake of the top college basketball arena in the nation. Stretched across the top of the arena? You guessed it: “I have not yet begun to fight.”

    Comment by Matt — April 14, 2007 @ 11:26 am | Reply

  2. I also wonder why UVA named the arena after the drummer of Led Zepplin!

    Comment by John Maass — April 14, 2007 @ 11:29 am | Reply

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