Our Independence was not the product of the Declaration of Independence, signed by John Hancock on July 4, 1776. On the contrary, the Declaration of Independence was the product of our Independence!
|Richard Henry Lee|
On July 2, 1776 the Lee Resolution was brought to the Continental Congress floor. It was debated, voted, and ratified into law by 12 of the 13 colonies, New York abstaining because the delegates claimed they were unsure of how their constituents wanted them to vote. Upon ratification of the Lee Resolution, our 13 colonies, became 13 independent sovereign governments. We were from that day forward no longer colonies, each State was then and there independent.
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