Declaration Information

Who was it meant to sway?

Fellow Colonists

Although many colonists wanted to take that step towards independence, there were still some that weren't so sure on their decisions. Some believed that they were still considered to be British. The declaration tried to sway these uncommitted colonists.

Great Britain and Parliament

The Declaration of Independence stated that the colonies wanted to break away from British rule and this signified freedom from Great Britain. The Declaration itself was specifically addressed to the king but indirectly also addressed to Parliament. This included a list of misdeeds of George the third.

Foreign Countries

The Declaration of Independence helped foreign aid and a hope of success. This "shot heard round the world" was an inspiration for others to gain their own independence.


Believe me, dear Sir: there is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But, by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose; and in this, I think I speak the sentiments of America.

Thomas Jefferson, November 29, 1775

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