Peace or War?
Some British and American leaders tried to resolve the conflict.
They presented a petition to King George, asking him to stop the war.
King George refused to consider the petition.
Instead he and the British Parliament prohibited trade between Britain and America.
Furthermore, he said that the "rebels" must be brought to justice.
These acts proved to the Americans that they must become independent of Britain.
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The Declaration of Independence
By July of 1776, most Americans were for independence.
Representatives from each of the thirteen colonies met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Thomas Jefferson presented his document entitled "The Declaration of Independence".
The representatives unanimously voted approval of the document.
The Declaration says: "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."