Independence Day Stories
Representatives from all 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence at the meeting of the Second Continental Congress. The 13 colonies were: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts Bay, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia. The purpose of the Declaration was to explain why the colonies no longer regarded themselves as subject to the rule of King Georgia III.
Many of the members of the Second Continental Congress, including Thomas Jefferson, had wanted to remain loyal to England. The taxes that were levied against them came to symbolize a violation of their natural and legal rights – which came to be referred to as “Taxation Without Representation”.
The First Continental Congress was convened to write a Petition to the King seeking the repeal of the taxes. Georgia was the only colony that did not send a delegate. At that time the idea of declaring independence was discussed but the delegates did not all agree. They decided instead to formally petition the King and also to boycott British imports. The King is said to have told his Prime Minister that war would be the only way to resolve the issue.
This is an exciting time of year in which to celebrate the brave people who fought for our independence and to learn about these events. As we do so, let us enjoy the beautiful country they gave us and …
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