A Year In History: 1769

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This Year in History:


Discover what happened in this year with HISTORY’s summaries of major events, anniversaries, famous births and notable deaths.

May 16

Virginia’s House of Burgesses criticizes taxation without representation

On May 16, 1769, Virginia’s House of Burgesses passes a resolution calling Britain’s taxes on the American colonies illegal. Though Virginia’s royal governor promptly fired back by disbanding the House of Burgesses, the dissenting legislators were undeterred. During a later meeting held at the Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg, Virginia’s delegates gave their support to the […]