By Allan Morey

Through the 1760s, so much American colonists had develop into bored to death with British rule. They have been uninterested in the unfair taxes and never having the ability to create their very own legislation, and cries for revolution have been ringing out around the land. because the revolution took carry, Thomas Jefferson drafted a record that officially declared the colonies' independence.

The adoption of the statement of Independence on July four, 1776, marked an immense turning aspect in US background. Over the subsequent 5 years, the colonists might struggle to make their independence a truth.

Explore the heritage of this crucial rfile. tune the occasions and turning issues that led the colonies to claim their independence from nice Britain.

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France’s first minister to America, Conrad Alexandre Gérard, meets members of the Second Continental Congress following the signing of the Treaty of Alliance in 1778. Mar. 29, 1780: The Siege of Charleston begins in South Carolina as British forces hope to capture one of the most important southern cities in the United States. 1779 1780 1781 May 12, 1780: Continental forces defending Charleston surrender to the British. 41 Conclusion CONCLUSION In 1781, after six years of fighting, the British army found itself surrounded at Yorktown, Virginia.

Great Britain was one of the most powerful countries in the world. Some of the delegates worried it would not be possible to win a war against such a mighty enemy. Many had also come from Great Britain. They felt loyal to their homeland. These colonists hoped the conflict could be resolved peacefully, without bloodshed. One such colonist and delegate was John Dickinson from Delaware. He wrote the Olive Branch Petition. In it, he spoke out against British laws but said that the colonies would remain loyal to Great Britain if they were treated fairly.

The declaration stated that King George did not allow colonies to make laws that were necessary and that Britain had cut off the colonies’ trade with other countries. In effect, Britain had taken all power away from colonial governments. Some heated debate followed Thomas Jefferson Jefferson’s presentation of the A P P R O VA L O F T H E D E CL A R AT I O N July 2, 1776: 36 Delegates from twelve colonies vote in favor of declaring independence. JUNE 25, 1776 JULY 1, 1776 June 28, 1776: Thomas Jefferson presents the Declaration of Independence to the Second Continental Congress.

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