Happy birthday to the United States Coast Guard, founded August 4, 1790.
The Coast Guard was established with the help of Alexander Hamilton, the father of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Hamilton, as the Secretary of Treasury, was integral in the formation and development of this new department – initially called the ‘Revenue Marine’- to reduce the debt of the country. The new service began with just 10 ships called “Revenue Cutters.” These ships would stop smugglers and ensure the ships matched up with the items on board.
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