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February 2, 1812: Russia establishes a fur trading colony at Fort Ross, California.

February 3, 1783: Spain recognizes United States independence.

February 4, 1794: The French legislature abolishes slavery throughout all territories of the French Republic.

February 5, 1810: The siege of Cadiz begins.

February 6, 1819: Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds Singapore.

February 7, 1856: The colonial Tasmanian Parliament passes the second piece of legislation anywhere in the world providing for elections by secret ballot.

February 8, 1693: The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia is granted a charter by William III and Mary II.