On this day in 1775: King George III issues a royal proclamation closing the American colonies to all commerce and trade, to take effect in March of 1776. Also in December, congress is informed that France may offer support in the war against Britain.
On this day in 1776: Thomas Pain, an Enlightenment philosopher, had the first volume of "The Crisis" published.
On this day in 1783: Washington resigns as commander in chief of the Continental Army and retires to his home at Mount Vernon.
General George Washington Resigning his Commission
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