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Events Leading to Declaration of Independence

important Dates/info on American Revolution
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Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress
10-14-1774 passed by the First Continental Congress, this asserted that all the colonists sprang from a common tradition and enjoyed rights guaranteed "by the constitution, and the several charters or compacts" of their provinces
2nd Continental Congress
1775; Delegates of the 13 colonies gathered in Phladelphia and sent an olive branch to King George.

king G. Refused and proclaimed the colonies in rebellion
Olive Branch Petition
A document sent by the Second Continental Congress to King George III, proposing a reconciliation between the colonies and Britain
A Proclamation for Suppressing Rebellion and Sedition
Britain's response to the Battle of Bunker Hill, written before colonial secretary Lord Dartmouth received the Olive Branch. Since the King would not look at the Olive Branch, the Proclamation stood as an informal response.
Speech from the Throne
The King insisted that rebellion was being fomented by a "desperate conspiracy" of leaders whose claims of allegiance to him were insincere; what the rebels really wanted, he said, was to create an "independent Empire."

A pro-American minority in Parliament warned that the government was driving the colonists towards independence, something that many colonial leaders had insisted they did not desire.
Common Sense
January 1776; book published about republicanism & independence, A pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1776 to convince the colonists that it was time to become independent.
Virginia Declaration of Rights
a document drafted in Virginia in 1776 to proclaim the rights of men, written by George Mason.
Lee Resolution
a resolution introduced on June 7, 1776 to the Second Continental Congress proposing independence; after this proposal, a committee of five, including Thomas Jefferson, was created to draft the Declaration of Independence
Declaration of Independence
July 4th, 1776; 50 men signed the declaration of freedom from Britain