The Declaration Of Independence From England

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How nations come into being, varies greatly; some are liberated after decades or even centuries of oppression, military conflict, civil discord, and others demand to be sovereign and independent from another nation. The way the United States of America came into being was a combination of all of these. After years of varying levels of oppression by King George III, the colonists desired to be free and independent. This desire to be free was articulated in the form of a document. This document is known as “The Declaration Of Independence”. It would serve as a blueprint for many nations, in the years that would follow, as a way to demand freedom. This declaration of independence from England was a culminating event after over a decade of oppressive taxation, lack of representation in the English government, civil unrest, and even bloodshed. The American people felt dissatisfied with their treatment by England since 1765 when the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act was designed to raise revenue to support the British Army in America. This Act was met with major opposition from the colonists, so much so, that it was later over turned just four months after it’s passage. While the Stamp Act was repealed, it served as a spark for the whole nation to wake up to the reality of their standing with the British, or the lack thereof. In 1773, the British Parliament passed yet another Act that would hurt the American Colonist. Many colonists viewed the Tea Act of 1773 as tyranny by way of taxation, and this time, some took action against the British. A group of militant colonists dumped British Tea into the Boston Harbor. Outraged by these actions, the British government The need to declare independence enacte... ... middle of paper ... ...ese United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do (Declaration of Independence, Transcript, 1776, Para.6). In these final lines, we see the real need to declare independence, to inform the whole world that the American colonies were open for commerce, alliances, and that they were no longer honored any that had existed when they were under British control. The founders knew that the world’s acceptance of the independent United States would be vital.
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