What is the purpose of the Declaration of Independence? 

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There were several purposes of the Declaration of Independence. The main purpose was for the colonists to let Great Britain and the rest of the world know that were free from British rule. This declaration stated that we considered ourselves an independent country. We wanted the other countries in the world to know they could now make various agreements with us.

Another purpose of the Declaration of Independence was to explain to everybody why we were declaring independence. We explained that we believed the job of government is to protect the rights of the citizens that it is governing. We believed that if a government stopped protecting the rights of the people, the people had to remove the government and replace it with a new government that would protect the people’s rights. The Declaration of Independence went on to say all the things the King of England had done that were in violation of the rights of the colonists. Thus, we had no choice but to replace the government after attempts to resolve our differences with Great Britain failed to work.