50 Facts of Declaration

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50 Facts about the Declaration of Independence|
Declaration of Independence Fact 1| The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, by the congressional representatives of the 13 Colonies of Colonial America.  |  |
Declaration of Independence Fact 2| The document was signed by 56 delegates to the Continental Congress  |  |
Declaration of Independence Fact 3| The document stated the reasons the 13 American colonies wanted to be free of Great Britain's government.  |  |
Declaration of Independence Fact 4| The Declaration of Independence states that the authority to govern belongs to the people, rather than to kings, that all people are created equal and have rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.   |  |

Declaration of Independence Fact 5| The American colonies had been at war with Great Britain for over a year when the document was signed.  |  |
Declaration of Independence Fact 6| The document recorded the proclamation of the Second Continental Congress asserting the independence of the Colonies from Great Britain.   |  |
Declaration of Independence Fact 7| The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), aka the American War of Independence, began as a war between the Kingdom of Great Britain and thirteen British colonies in North America on April 19, 1775 and ended September 3, 1783. The American Revolutionary War(1775–1783) lasted 8 years and 137 days.  |  |

Declaration of Independence Fact 8| The reason for the American Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence was due to the belief that the Stamp Act of 1765, imposed by Parliament of Great Britain, was unconstitutional.  |  |

Declaration of Independence Fact 9| American Loyalists rejected the Declaration of Independence. Loyalists were American colonists who remained loyal to the Kingdom of Great Britain and the king during the American Revolutionary War. Those who supported the American revolution, and the Declaration of Independence, were called Patriots.  |  |

Declaration of Independence Fact 10| About 20% of the American population during the American Revolutionary War were loyalists   |  |
Declaration of Independence Fact 11| When the Congress were declared traitors by royal decree they responded by issuing the Declaration of Independence.   |  |
Declaration of Independence Fact 12| The Declaration of Independence Preamble: John Adams wrote the customary preamble, which stated that King George III had rejected reconciliation and was hiring foreign mercenaries to use against the American colonies.  |  |

Declaration of Independence Fact 13| The Committee of Five appointed by the Second Continental Congress drafted what became known as America's Declaration of Independence. The members of the Committee of Five were: * Thomas Jefferson * John Adams * Roger Sherman * Robert Livingston * Benjamin FranklinThe Committee of Five Sherman, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, and Livingston

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Declaration of Independence Fact 14| On July 4, 1776, the wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved and sent to the printer for publication.Declaration of Independence Text and Words  |  |

Declaration of Independence Fact 15| The printer, John Dunlap, was asked to make about 200 copies to be distributed throughout the colonies. Only 26 Dunlap Broadsides have survived.  |  |
Declaration of Independence Fact 16| The signers of the Declaration of Independence did not all sign on the same day.   |  |
Declaration of Independence Fact 17| John Hancock was the first man to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. John Hancock was the President of the Continental Congress at the time of the signing.Analysis of the Signature of John Hancock  |  |

Declaration of Independence Fact 18| The other signatures were added on various dates, the last being Matthew Thornton, from New Hampshire, who signed on November 4, 1776.Signatures on the Document  |...
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