Hood, Samuel, First Viscount Hood (1724–1816), a British naval officer. Hood entered the navy in 1741. He was commander of the North American fleet, 1767–70. During the American Revolution he fought the French in American waters. Hood commanded the Mediterranean fleet, 1793–94, against the French revolutionaries. He was made admiral in 1794 and viscount in 1796.
President Jefferson sent a couple of his representatives over to France to buy the city of New Orleans. What he got was the Louisiana Purchase, a patch of land that nearly doubled the size of the young nation.
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