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Perkins, John [nicknamed Jack Punch] (c. 1745–1812), naval officer and spy, was born in Jamaica. Nothing certain is known of his origin, but he is described as a 'mulatto', the child of a white father and a black mother, and if so it is highly probable that his mother was a slave. Under Jamaican law, this would have made the boy himself a slave, but the mixed-race sons of white men in positions of authority were often emancipated and educated to the level of clerks or overseers. ...