November 29

Event:
1775
The Committee of Secret Correspondence is created by the Second Continental Congress.
RESOLVED, That a committee of five would be appointed for the sole purpose of corresponding with our friends in Great Britain, and other parts of the world, and that they lay their correspondence before Congress when directed;
RESOLVED, That this Congress will make provision to defray all such expenses as they may arise by carrying on such correspondence, and for the payment of such agents as the said Committee may send on this service.

1777 San Jose, California is founded. It is the first in Spanish Alta California.

1780 Maria Theresa of Austria dies. Her Habsburg dominions pass to her ambitious son, Joseph II, who had become Holy Roman Emperor in 1765.

1781 Because of overcrowding, malnutrition and disease, the slave ship Zong was losing its slave cargo. Captain Collingwood decides to throw the remaining sick overboard feeling that insurance would pay for dead cargo, but not sick. 132 slaves are drowned. The Captain was exposed to insurance fraud and British courts ruled that he could not claim insurance. They also did not prosecute him for murder of the slaves.

Celebrated Birth:
Charles Thomson (b. 1729 – August 16, 1824) secretary of the Continental Congress through its entirety (1774-1789).

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For a Spiral Bound book with information on events that happened on each day of the year during the American Revolutionary Period goto: American Revolutionary Period: 1760-1789

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