The Declaration of Independenceby Patricia Ryon Quiri, Patricia Ryon Quiri
The first European settlers came to North America for a variety of reasons, including freedom of religion and the chance to own land. Eventually their settlements grew into colonies whose mother country was England. When England began to tax the colonies unfairly, some of the colonists rebelled. After British soldiers killed eight Minutemen in the town of Lexington in 1775, the conflict expanded into an all-out war that would become the American Revolution. Philadelphia in 1775. As a result of the Second Continenta Congress, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. On July 4, 1776, the Congress approved the Declaration and the Liberty Bell rang out, announcing the official Independence of the thirteen colonies.
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