What was the Declaration of Independence?

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The Declaration of Independence was a statement by the British colonists that the British were no longer ruling them. The colonists said they had created their own country and were free from British rule. 

The Declaration of Independence did several things. It stated why a formal document needed to be issued.  It said that when a group of people wanted to be free, it should tell everybody why they wanted to be free. It also explained what rights people have.  These are called natural or unalienable rights and can’t be taken away.  It went on to say that when a government failed to protect the people’s rights, the people must get rid of the government. The document also listed many of the concerns the people had against the King and the British government. Lastly, it formally stated that the colonies were free from British rule.

This document was a very important document. It has served as a model for other countries seeking independence.

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