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.
In the dark of night on Dec. 16, 1773, residents of Boston poured more than 90,000 pounds of tea into the harbor. But they weren't trying to set a world record for the most cups of tea made at one time. They were protesting the British government.
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.