1770-1783 Delaware Events

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    Delaware Events

  • September 5, 1774

    September 5, 1774
    Caesar Rodney, Thomas McKean, and George Read represent Delaware at the First Continental Congress.
  • April 19, 1775

    April 19, 1775
    Revolutionary War begins
  • June 15, 1776

    Delaware Assembly declares independence from England. This is the origin of the holiday called Separation Day.
  • July 1-2, 1776

    July 1-2, 1776
    Caesar Rodney makes heroic overnight ride from Dover to Philadelphia to cast the vote that put Delaware on the side of independence.
  • Some time before the Declaration of Independence

    Three Lower Counties had broken away form Pennsylvania. They adopted a constitution and became the Delaware State, the first of all the colonies to call themselves a state.
  • July 4, 1776

    July 4, 1776
    Declaration of Independence adopted
  • Some time in 1777

    Some time in 1777
    Dover replaces New Castle as state Capital
  • February 12, 1777

    John McKinly become President of Delaware
  • Late August - Early September

    British and American armies are in northern New Castle County.
  • September 3, 1777

    September 3, 1777
    Battle of Cooch's Bridge near Newark, only engagement for the war in Delaware.
  • September 12, 1777

    British capture Delaware state documents, funds, and President John McKinly after winning the Battle of Brandywine, then occupy Wilmington until mid October.
  • September 22, 1777

    September 22, 1777
    John McKinly replaced by Declaration signer Thomas McKean.
  • July 10, 1778

    France declares war against Britain and makes an alliance with the American revolutionary forces.
  • February 1, 1779

    February 1, 1779
    Delaware Assembly ratifies Articles of Confederation.
  • September 3, 1783

    Treaty of Paris is signed by the victorious United States and the defeated Great Britain.