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13 Colonies Declare Independence From England... and Adopt English Law

The Patriots declared the 13 North American colonies to be the United States of America… an independent nation, issues s Declaration of Independence and then formally adopts English law.

Jefferson Drafts Declaration of Independence

Thomas Jefferson, a slave-owner, presents a draft declaration of independence to the American Continental Congress, which lists grievances against the British crown and parliament.

Continental Congress Ratifies Declaration of Independence

The American Continental Congress ratifies its declaration of independence, but omits the antislavery passages that had been included in earlier drafts.

Slaves Majority in Tobacco-Producing Areas

In the tobacco-producing areas of those states, slaves constituted more than 50% of the population.

Quakers Forbidden From Owning Slaves

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Society of Friends, also known as the Quakers, forbids its members from holding slaves.

Delaware Prohibits Importing Slaves

Delaware prohibits the importation of African slaves.

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