March 17

Event
1775
The Continental Congress bans trade with Canada.

1776 British evacuate Boston and head to Halifax. Washington’s troops had taken fortifications on Dorchester Hills and had been able to force the British ships from anchoring in the harbor. Along with the British several hundred loyalists left Boston as well.

Birth:
1777
Roger B. Taney, Supreme Court Chief Justice.

Celebrated Birth:
Lachlan McIntosh (b. 1725 – February 20, 1806) Georgia military and political leader. In a political dispute with Button Gwinnett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the two men met to duel with pistols. Wounds to Gwinnett caused his death.

George Clymer (b. 1736 – January 23, 1813) Pennsylvania merchant, member of the Philadelphia Committee of Safety, delegate to Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Constitutional Convention, signed the United States Constitution.

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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 click: American Revolutionary Period: 1760-1789

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