American Revolutionary War History
1776 - Congress accepted a resolution put forward by Richard Henry Lee that stated: "Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved." Two days later Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence that had been edited by Thomas Jefferson.
1776 - John Adams wrote that July 2 would be celebrated as "the most memorable epoch in the history of America."
1777 - A convention of 72 delegates met in Windsor, Vermont, to adopt the state's new constitution. It was formally adopted on July 8, 1777.
1777 - The British began an informal siege of Fort Ticonderoga.
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