|In the middle 1700's the United States was known as "The Colonies", loyal subjects of the British monarch, King George III. The original thirteen colonies were Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.|
|Flag of the 13 Colonies made by Betsy Ross|
|The Spirit of '76|
John Hancock, President of the Second Continental Congress, warned the delegates, "There must be no pulling different ways: we must all hang together."
Benjamin Franklin, Philadelphia's legendary wit, is said to have added, "We must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we will all hang separately." The actual signing took place on August 2nd, when most members of the Continental Congress put their names to the document.
| The Saturday Evening Post|
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