1796 DRAPED BUST 10C, SMALL EAGLE MS64
RAZOR SHARP STRIKE WITH BLUE/ROSE PATINA. FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE FOR DIMES.
In 1796, a year that marked significant developments in both the United States and abroad, a series of notable events unfolded.
In the United States, one of the most pivotal moments was the issuance of George Washington's Farewell Address on September 17, in which he warned against partisan politics and foreign entanglements, a document that remains a cornerstone of American political philosophy.
This year also saw John Adams defeating Thomas Jefferson in a closely contested U.S. presidential election on November 2, setting the stage for Adams' presidency. Furthermore, the Treaty of Tripoli, signed on November 4, was significant for its diplomatic engagement between the United States and Tripoli.
On the international stage, the Jay Treaty between the United States and Great Britain came into effect on February 29, following the official exchange of ratifications. This treaty, aimed at settling outstanding issues from the American Revolutionary War and facilitating ten years of peaceful trade, marked a turning point in Anglo-American relations. Additionally, 1796 was the year Tennessee was admitted as the 16th U.S. state on June 1, expanding the United States further westward.
The year also witnessed the United States taking possession of Detroit from Great Britain on July 11, under the terms of the Jay Treaty, further solidifying American territorial gains post-Revolution. Another significant development was the marriage of Joséphine de Beauharnais to General Napoléon Bonaparte on March 9, a union that would later become central to French political history as Napoleon rose to power.
These events, ranging from diplomatic achievements and territorial expansions to foundational political moments, highlight the complexity and dynamism of 1796, a year that significantly influenced the trajectory of both American and world history
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