By June 1776, with the Revolutionary War in full swing, a growing majority of the colonists had come to favor independence from Britain.
On July 4th, the Continental Congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence, drafted by a five-man committee including Franklin and John Adams but written mainly by Thomas Jefferson.
Jefferson, uses ideas of John Locke (Life, Liberty, and Property🡪 Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness)
The Declaration outlined why the colonists should be free of British rule
Benjamin Franklin, one of the most famous men the world, was also sent to France
to ask for military aid as well as a loan & the war was on!