Why was the Declaration of Independence written?  

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The Declaration of Independence was written for several reasons. The main reason was to let the other countries of the world know that we had declared our independence from Great Britain and were no longer under British rule. This would let other countries know they could make agreements with us since we were an independent nation.

The Declaration of Independence was also written to let people know why we were upset with the British government. The Declaration of Independence stated our belief that the government should protect the rights of the people. When the government doesn’t protect the people’s rights, then the people must replace the government. According to the Declaration of Independence, all people have certain rights, called inalienable rights, that can’t be taken away. These are the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We believed the British government was no longer protecting our rights.

The Declaration of Independence then went on to list the complaints that we had against the King of England. This section was the longest part of the Declaration of Independence since we had many complaints against the King of England.

There were several reasons why the Declaration of Independence was written.

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