Today we celebrate the Independence of the United States of America. With the signing of a powerfully worded document thirteen English colonies broke the bonds of brotherhood and rule that connected them to a people across the Atlantic Ocean.
But when did the seeds of a unified nation independent from its British heritage first take root? You might be surprised. Here are some lines from a document written and signed more than 100 years before the Declaration of Independence. Take special notice of the reasons cited by the colonists for coming to America.