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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1776

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"Loyalist" Voices
   Burrowing Yankees**
   Song, for a Fishing Party near Burlington, on the Delaware, in 1776**
"Patriot" Voices
   Nathan Hale**
John Adams
   from Letter from John Adams to Mercy Otis Warren, April 16, 1776
   from Letters from John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 3, 1776
   Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, March 31, 1776
   Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, April 14, 1776
Thomas Jefferson
 Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson
   "A Declaration by the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress Assembled"**
Thomas Paine
 from Common Sense
   "Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs"**
 from The American Crisis
   "Number 1"**
Phillis Wheatley
   To His Excellency General Washington**
Cherokees attack North Carolina frontier.

Juan Bautista de Anza begins overland journey to California from Sonora, Mexico.

Presidio of San Francisco established by Spain.

British troops evacuate Boston; sail for Nova Scotia (March 17).

Congress appoints a committee to draft the Declaration of Independence (June 7).

Congress passes a resolution of independence (July 2).

General Howe defeats Washington in Battle of Long Island; Washington evacuates army into Manhattan (August).

Congress officially names the new country 'The United States' (September 9).

Captured spy Nathan Hale executed without trial by the British (September 22).

British defeat Washington's forces in Battle of White Plains (October 28).

British capture American armories in Fort Washington and Fort Lee (November).

Washington crosses Delaware River to wage a successful surprise raid on British/Hessian troops at Trenton (December 25).
John Adams
   from Autobiography of John Adams