To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty. MOST GRACIOUS SOVEREIGN: We, your Majesty’s faithful subjects of the Colonies of ...who have deputed us to represent them in General Congress, entreat your Majesty’s gracious attention to this our humble petition.
Over the course of many years of abuse at the hands of Great Britain, Colonists began to fight back by protesting and rallying. They wanted their voices to be heard during a time when King George III ignored their representation in Parliament. Colonists were heavily and unfairly taxed on everyday, ordinary goods.
July 4th, 1776
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle...
The newly formed, Continental congress which were made of delegates from the 13 colonies, met for the first time in the autumn of 1774. At this meeting, they discussed what actions would take place against the British parliament.
The Colonists wanted to give the King one last chance to hear their complaints and fix what he had done wrong in the colonies, before taking severe action and placing themselves in the midst of the American Revolution. The Colonists created the Olive Branch Petition which offered rejoining with Great Britain but only if the unfair taxes and treatment stopped.
Finally, on this day the delegates from each of the 13 colonies agreed to stand by their freedom and officially adopt the Declaration of Independence!
When the 13 colonies decided to stick together and sign the document. They all knew that they had just signed themselves off as traitors in the eyes of Britain and were now in danger. However, they still had to fight for their freedom and to become independent states.
Now that they had announced their separation from Britain, they had to fight to win their freedom. The colonists were now in the midst of the American Revolution. The war lasted from 1775 to 1783, and ended with a victory from the colonists.