“Declaration of Independence,” detail from the Dunlap Broadside, George Washington Papers, Series 4, General Correspondence: Continental Congress, July 4, 1776, Printed Declaration of Independence. Library of Congress.

The Pursuit of History: Independent States

Fall 2026 | Location and Schedule in Formation

By issuing the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, the 13 American colonies severed their political connections to Great Britain. The Declaration summarized the colonists’ motivations for seeking independence. By declaring themselves an independent nation, the American colonists were able to confirm an official alliance with the Government of France and obtain French assistance in the war against Great Britain. (U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian)

Interested in supporting our mission and programs?

Contact Lee Wright, President of the Pursuit of History to learn more about how you can support the mission and programs of The Pursuit of History, the non-profit organization behind The Pursuit of History Weekends, History Camp, and weekly History Camp Discussions.