The Story of the Declaration of Independence
Written By: Tim George | Posted: Thursday, May 31st, 2012
During the spring of 1776, a number of important steps took place in the colonies that would lead toward independence from Great Britain. Chief among them was a resolution adopted on May 15th by the Virginia Convention in Williamsburg. That resolution instructed Virginia delegates in Congress to propose that body to declare the United Colonies "free and independent States, absolved from all allegiance to, or dependence on, the Crown or Parliament of Great Britain."
The die for independence was cast as the Virginia delegation pressed for "assent of this Colony to such declaration, and to whatever measures may be thought necessary by the Congress for forming foreign alliances, and a Confederation of the Colonies, at such time and in the manner as to them shall seem best: Provided, that the power of forming government for, and the regulation of the internal concerns of each Colony, be left to the respective Colonial legislatures."
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