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5 Fun Facts About July 18 In Virginia History

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1. In 1814, the Treaty of Greenville was signed between the United States and several Native American tribes, including the Wyandot, Delaware, Shawnee, and Miami. The treaty ceded large portions of land to the United States, including parts of present-day Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

2. In 1863, the Battle of Fort Wagner took place during the American Civil War. The battle was an unsuccessful attempt by Union troops, including the famous 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, to capture Confederate-held Fort Wagner in South Carolina.

3. In 1940, the Great Falls National Park was established in Virginia. The park features the Great Falls of the Potomac River, which drop over 75 feet in less than a mile.

4. In 1984, the Democratic National Convention was held in San Francisco, California. Virginia Governor Gerald Baliles was one of the delegates to the convention.

5. In 2014, the Virginia Department of Transportation unveiled plans for a new toll road in Northern Virginia. The proposed road, called the Bi-County Parkway, would connect Loudoun and Prince William counties and has been the subject of controversy due to its potential impact on local communities and wildlife.
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