Declaration of Independence list facts that support calling King George III tyrant. What are some facts they list that support their claim against him?

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The main point of the Declaration of Independence was to present "facts" proving that King George was acting as a tyrant in his conduct toward the colonies. This listing of evidence against the King makes up the major part of the document.

Offenses he committed against the governmental bodies of the colonies are itemized: he "refused his assent to Laws...he has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant." The accusations explain that King George interfered with the meetings of colonial legislatures by ending legislative sessions, refusing to allow election of new assemblies, and refusing to sign pieces of legislation unless accommodations to the King were made.

The King is accused of interfering with colonial trade, "imposing taxes on us without our consent," sending military forces that are given authority to enforce local laws beyond that of local officials, and hijacking "our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country."

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