In the United States on September 9, 1776, the Continental Congress formally declared the name of the new nation to be the “United States of America”. It replaced the term “United Colonies”, which was in common use.
A congressional spokesman wrote in that mandate letter “that in all Continental Commissions and other instruments, where, so far, the words ‘United Colonies’ have been used, for the foreseeable future, be changed to “the United States of America”.
A resolution by Richard Henry Lee, which was presented to Congress on June 7 and adopted on July 2, 1776, issued the resolution “that these united colonies are independent states.” As a result, John Adams thought that July 2 would be celebrated as “the most memorable era in American history”. Instead, the 4th of July has been largely forgotten in favor of the day when Jefferson’s edited Declaration of Independence was adopted. That document also states, “that these united colonies should be free and independent states.” However, Lee started with the line, while Jefferson saved it in the middle of his closing paragraph.
History of America
- It took Thomas Jefferson 17 days to write the Declaration of Independence.
- On July 2, 1776, Congress voted to declare independence from Great Britain.
- On July 4, 1776, Congress voted to accept the Declaration of Independence, marking July 4 as Independence Day.
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American national anthem
The Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States. To celebrate the victory over British forces during the War of 1812, American soldiers hoist a large American flag at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland on September 14, 1814. Inspired by those events, Francis Scott Key wrote a poem called “Defense of Fort”. M’Henry,” which eventually became the Star-Spangled Banner and the national anthem of the United States.