John Hancock, one of Boston’s wealthiest merchants and a leading figure in Boston politics, forcibly removed customs officials from his ship Lydia.

The 555-foot tall Washington Monument was dedicated at a ceremony featuring President Chester Arthur alongside fellow politicians, engineers and freemasons.

Cannons fired as the British departed, acting as a signal for General George Washington to ride into the city with Governor George Clinton.

France and the United States signed the first two treaties ever negotiated by the American government, and which formally recognised the independence of the United States.