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Teaching With Documents:
Launching the New U.S. Navy

Background

In March of 1794, the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the "Act to provide a Naval Armament." It authorized the President to acquire six frigates, four of 44 guns each and two of 36 guns each, by purchase or otherwise. In addition, it specified how many crew members would be necessary and what their pay and daily rations would be.

Act to provide a Naval Armament, March 18, 1794
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Center for Legislative Archives
Records of the U.S. Senate
Record Group 46

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