THE FIRST CONSTITUTION

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Articles of Confederation

1777

France recognizes US, signs treaty of aid in Paris; 1st US treaty

1778

Vice-adm Hardy sails out of Isle of Wright against Spanish Armada

1779

Pennsylvania is 1st American state to abolish slavery

1780

French fleet stopped Britain from seizing the Cape of Good Hope

1781

Britain signs agreement recognizing US independence

1782

Sweden recognizes US independence

1783

Pennsylvania Packet & Daily Advertiser 1st success US daily newspaper

1784

The dollar is unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States

1785

Jacques Balmat & Michel Paccard are 1st to climb to top of Mont Blanc

1786

Ratification of Constitution

1787