by GenghisTheHun

Today is November 16, and on this date in history, in 1776, the United Netherlands or Holland, for short, was the first state to recognize the independence of the United States of America.  This was a radical step for the times, but since the United Netherlands was a republic itself at that time, the recognition is more understandable.

Diplomatic recognition is a political act by which one state acknowledges an act or status of another state or government, thereby according it legitimacy and expressing its intent to bring into force the domestic and international legal consequences of recognition.

The French Revolution extinguished the republic of the United Netherlands and after the French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars were completed, the Netherlands re-emerged as a kingdom.

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