September 17

The Suffolk Resolves is endorsed by the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Congress declares opposition to the Coercive Acts saying they should ‘not be obeyed’ and promotes the formation of militias.

1778 The first treaty between the United States and Delaware Indian tribes is signed at Fort Pitt, Pennsylvania. The treaty gave the United States permission to travel through Delaware territory and called for the Delawares to afford American troops whatever aid they might require in their war against Britain, including the use of their own warriors. This was in exchange for “articles of clothing, utensils and implements of war”.

1787 The last day of the Philadelphia (Constitution) Convention. The final draft of the Constitution is signed by 39 of the 42 delegates still present and the Convention adjourned.

1787 Prussian troops conquer Gorinchem, Netherlands.

Celebrated Birth:
John Rutledge (b. 1739 – July 18, 1800) South Carolina delegate to Stamp Congress 1765, delegate to the Continental Congress, member of the Constitutional Convention, signed the United States Constitution.

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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