1817 events in history

Jan 19 An army of 5,423 soldiers, led by General José de San Martín, crosses the Andes from Argentina to liberate Chile and then Peru
Jan 24 Crossing of the Andes: Many soldiers of Juan Gregorio de las Heras are captured during the Action of Picheuta
Feb 8 Las Heras crosses the Andes with an army to join San Martín and liberate Chile from Spain
Feb 12 An Argentine/Chilean patriotic army, after crossing the Andes, defeats Spanish troops on the Battle of Chacabuco
Mar 8 The New York Stock Exchange is founded
Apr 15 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 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
Jun 5 The first Great Lakes steamer, the Frontenac, is launched
Jul 4 In Rome, New York, construction on the Erie Canal begins
Oct 30 The independent government of Venezuela is established by Simón Bolívar
Nov 3 The Bank of Montreal, Canada's oldest chartered bank, opens in Montreal
Dec 10 Mississippi becomes the 20th U.S. state