“Frisians first to recognize independence USA”

“Frisians first to recognize independence USA”

It was 1781 and the American revolution had started and it seemed that no country wanted to recognize America’s independence. On February the 26th of 1782, the Frisian parliament gave the right example and recognized America’s independence.

The Frisians got a “Memorial of Gratitude”. This deed was not forgotten by the Americans, in 1998 president Bill Clinton sent his congratulations to the Frisian parliament for the 500th anniversary of the province of Friesland. In 1498 the Frisians lost their independence to the Dutch after years of wars. Weird to celebrate such a thing, but anyway. That’s how it happened.

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