On December 17, 1777, France formally recognized the United States of America. The 17th of December, 1819, was the day Simon Bolivar declared the independence of the Republic of Gran Colombia in Angostura. By: Redactor Thanksgiving in December The Convention Parliament Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website + = nine Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.