I hope, some day or another, we shall become a storehouse and granary for the world.
— George Washington, 1788
Portrait by Artist to Come
Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense (1775), urging the colonies to declare their independence, found 150,000 purchasers in a population of less than 3 million — the equivalent today of a sale of 14 million.
— Richard Brookhiser
Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution (2003)
Second Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks.
Vermont declares independence from New York.
Battle at Cape St. Vincent; British Admiral Sir George Rodney defeats the Spanish fleet.
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