The Declaration of Independence, written in 1776, was the beginning of the independence of the original 13 colonies from Britain.
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There were 56 signers of this document, but they all did not sign on the same day. Only two, one of which was John Hancock, actually signed on July 4th. More signed in August and September. The last to sign the document was Thomas McKean of Delaware. It's been said he signed 5 years later, but it is also thought that perhaps the printer did not include his name when it went to press.
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