Lafayette Arrives in America

On June 13, 1977, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette landed near Charleston, South Carolina, in order to help the Continental Congress to train its army during the American Revolutionary War. A French aristocrat and army officer, he embraced the republican ideals of the late eighteenth century. At first, the Continental Congress was unimpressed with Lafayette, who spoke little English. However, when he agreed to serve … Continue reading Lafayette Arrives in America

The Shot Heard Round the World

On April 19, 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord — the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War — were fought in Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, within the towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy (present-day Arlington), and Cambridge. They marked the outbreak of armed conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in North America. In late 1774, Colonial leaders … Continue reading The Shot Heard Round the World

Encampment at Valley Forge

On December 19, 1777, the American Continental Army commanded by General George Washington began its winter encampment at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Valley Forge was located 18 miles (29 kilometers) northwest of Philadelphia. The Continental Army spent the winter of 1777–1778 there during the American Revolutionary War. Starvation, disease, malnutrition, and exposure killed more than 2,500 American soldiers by the end of February 1778. George Washington had … Continue reading Encampment at Valley Forge

Grenada Grenadines #94 (1975)

Grenada Grenadines #94 (1975)

The Grenadines is an island chain that is divided between the island nations of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada. They lie between the islands of Saint Vincent in the north and Grenada in the south. Neither Saint Vincent nor Grenada are Grenadine islands. The islands north of the Martinique Channel belong to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the islands south of the channel … Continue reading Grenada Grenadines #94 (1975)

United States #903 (1941)

Independence of New Connecticut

On January 15, 1777, representatives of the New Hampshire Grants declared the independence of the Vermont Republic. For the first six months of its existence, it was called the Republic of New Connecticut. On June 2, 1777, a second convention of 72 delegates met and adopted the name “Vermont.” This was on the advice of a friendly Pennsylvanian, Dr. Thomas Young, friend and mentor of Ethan … Continue reading Independence of New Connecticut