The Declaration of Independence was finished in late June of 1776 by Thomas Jefferson.
The first part talks about natural rights. These are rights that people are born with. Jefferson wrote, "that all men are created equal."The first part also says that people have a government to protect their rights. If the government does not do that, people should get rid of the government.
The Government is here to protect the people.
The second part tells about the things that Britain had done wrong Like taxes. These included the taxes on tea and sugar.
The last part of the Declaration of Independence tells Britain that the colonies are now the United States of America. Britain had no control over them any longer. The United States was a free country. It also said that the United States could trade and deal with any country that it wanted to.
The king did not like the Declaration of Independence because He did not agree with what it said. So he sent ships to the United States. The war had officially started.