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Independence Day - The Birthday of a New Nation

July 4, 1776 is one of the most famous dates in history. It was a date that helped change the course of history in the United States, as well as in Britain. That date was also the date that a hopeful new country decided to stop being under control of a ruler that was not living in the land and to stop the undue laws that were strangling the people living in the colonies. That was the date that the Declaration of Independence was signed and the fight for freedom began.

In the 1600's Britain was looking to expand the holding of their empire. A new world was discovered in the Americas and the British was one of the first to place colonies in this new land. They sent several groups to establish colonies in areas such as Virginia and Massachusetts. In the early years, the colonists were able to settle in the new land and start to expand their holdings. It was difficult at first, but over time the colonists settled into the new world. However, during the 1700's as the newly established colonies were starting to flourish, the British rulers started to exert more controls, laws and taxes that stifled the growth in the area.

Because of the toughened rules, the colonists began to look at options to lessen the control. They looked at gaining positions that could help represent the colonists. However, the leaders in Britain were not interested in allowing any voice in the colonies. This lead to the decision among the leaders to seek independence from the rule of the British. And, the founding fathers get together to craft a document that declared the colonies independence from British rule. And, the day of July 4, 1776, will forever be known as the birthday of a new nation - the United States of America.

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