Settlers that traveled to the Americas in the 1700 hundreds were mostly from Great Britain. King George III applied taxes on almost all of home goods such as stamps, paper, and tea. The British lived under the rule of the king so whatever he said was done. In America the colonists were enraged. They decided to split into groups, either a Patriot, where people did not want to be ruled under the British power and a Loyalist, where people wanted to remain under the power of the king. There was a five-person committee appointed by congress to write the Declaration on Independence they were Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman. Even though there are more signatures on the document Thomas Jefferson wrote most of the document. Many of the people agreed with what he wrote but made smaller adjustments to make it perfect.  Finally, it is finished and published to the world on July 4, 1776. This piece of paper is probably the most important document ever to be written in the United States. The Declaration of Independence separated the thirteen colonies from the king and parliament from Great Britain. The declaration of Independence was much more than that though. It provided a way to search for independence. In the second paragraph “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” (Declaration of Independence). This quote from the second paragraph is probably the most important of them all.  When Thomas Jefferson wrote “all men are created equal”, with slavery and racism in the world this was probably the first time written on any important document. I think that this was significant because the colonists knew that to separate themselves from Great Britain they had to come together as one. When Thomas Jefferson said “they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights” meaning that we are free people and they get a voice and opinion to vote who is in charge. With these unalienable rights, the King and parliament cannot take away the rights of the American people. 

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