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1817 Historical Event(s)
- January 19, 1817 – An army of 5,423 soldiers, led by General José de San Martín, crosses the Andes from Argentina to liberate Chile and then Peru.
- January 24, 1817 – Crossing of the Andes: Many soldiers of Juan Gregorio de las Heras were captured during the Action of Picheuta.
- February 6, 1817 – The Argentinian San Martín crosses the Andes with an army in order to liberate Chile from Spanish rule.
- February 8, 1817 – Las Heras crosses the Andes with an army to join San Martín and liberate Chile from Spain.
- February 12, 1817 – An Argentine/Chilean patriotic army, after crossing the Andes, defeats Spanish troops on the Battle of Chacabuco.
- April 15, 1817 – Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut.
- May 15, 1817 – Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- June 5, 1817 – The first Great Lakes steamer, the Frontenac, is launched.
- July 4, 1817 – At Rome, New York, United States, construction on the Erie Canal begins.
- December 10, 1817 – Mississippi becomes the 20th U.S. state.
Who Were Born On 1817?
- February 18, 1817 – Lewis A. Armistead, American Confederate general (d. 1863)
- March 1, 1817 – Giovanni Duprè, Italian sculptor (d. 1882)
- March 2, 1817 – János Arany, Hungarian journalist (d. 1882)
- March 6, 1817 – Princess Clémentine of Orléans (d. 1907)
- March 27, 1817 – Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli, Swiss biologist (d. 1891)
- May 11, 1817 – Fanny Cerrito, Italian ballet dancer (d. 1909)
- June 27, 1817 – Louise von François, German writer (d. 1893)
- July 12, 1817 – Henry David Thoreau, American writer and philosopher (d. 1862)
- September 24, 1817 – Ramón de Campoamor y Campoosorio, Spanish poet and philosopher (d. 1901)
- October 23, 1817 – Pierre Athanase Larousse, French lexicographer (d. 1875)