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History of the USCG: America's 1st Line of Defense DVD

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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 50 Minutes
  • Region: Region 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Language: English
  • Studio: History Channel

Originally a ten ship fleet, created in 1790, the US Coast Guard has grown to protect all of America's coastlines. Trace the growth of a service initially designed to enforce trade laws. See their current fight against drugs, illegal immigration, and international terrorism. Learn how the fifth service division has grown with America over 200 years.

  • How have their methods of protecting America grown over the years?
  • Follow the Coast Guard's growth since creation in 1790.
  • See how the role of the USCG has been expanded by the Department of Homeland Security.


Created by Alexander Hamilton in 1790, the US Coast Guard started as at ten ship fleet designed to enforce trade laws and prevent piracy. Since its inception, the USCG has grown with America and now patrols over 16,000 miles of coastline.

In addition to ensuring nautical safety throughout America's ports and waters, the USCG fights illegal immigration, international terrorism, and the spread of narcotics, all with fewer members than the New York City Police Department. Recently, their role has been expanded again to serve the Department of Homeland Security.

This hour special documents major events that have shaped the face of the USCG. Learn about important figures that affected the Guard throughout history. Discover how they have proven themselves indispensable to America's safety. Trace their expansion with the growth of America, America's enemies, and the advent of new technology. Take a closer look at some of the men and women at work in the fifth armed service every single day.

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