Where can I see the original copy of the Declaration of Independence?  My original guess was at the National Archives but then I saw something else such as the Brits got it....confused beyond...

Where can I see the original copy of the Declaration of Independence?

 

My original guess was at the National Archives but then I saw something else such as the Brits got it....confused beyond repair now. Please help!! Thanks There are too many conflicting infos on the web about its location. 

 

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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What might just be the most famous break-up letter in history, the Declaration of Independence was America's way of letting King George and Great Britain know that they had had enough.  Now the important thing to keep in mind was that with the writing of such a significant document, the Americans made more than one copy.  The original engrossed copy on parchment was signed by all of the delegates, and that particular copy is on display in the National Archives in Washington D.C.  The Second Continental Congress also ordered 200 'broadside' printed copies to be made; a broadside is like poster size, roughly the size of two sheets of newspaper.  These broadside copies were sent to all the colonies. 

Interestingly enough, two of the 'broadside' copies were sent to Great Britain via one of the admirals, Richard Howe, of the royal navy and the King's official representative, and King George probably read one of those copies.  Later during October 1776 in an official reply, written by Lord North, King George responded to the Declaration.

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