Virginia adopts the Declaration of Independence, July 1776

Incensed at the 'tyranny' of British rule (not least, the imposition of taxes without consent, the heavy military presence, and the undermining of local legislative assemblies), the American colonies resorted to acts of violence, such as the Boston Tea Party, which provoked British retaliation and led to the outbreak of war in 1775. In July 1776 the 13 colonies issued the Declaration of Independence, which catalogued grievances, concluded that the king had 'abandoned the helm' of government, and proclaimed that since the government had been dissolved the colonies were independent of Britain. This contemporary report, which appeared in the New York Gazette, details the adoption of the declaration in Virginia.
Catalogue reference: ADM 1/487, Part 1, no. 32 (22 July 1776)



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