The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, but the armed struggle against the British crown started several years before. In √March 1770, British soldiers stationed in Boston fired into a group of protesters killing several of them. This incident is remembered as The Boston Massacre.
The famous tea party protest occurred in √December 1773, two and a half years before the Declaration of Independence. The first shots of the American Revolutionary War between American insurgents and British regular were exchanged in √April 1775, though the first real battle took place a few days later at Concord.
In February of the same year, the Massachusetts provincial congress appointed generals to oppose the British by force. Patrick Henry’s famous phrase: “Give me liberty or give me death” was delivered in a speech in √March 1775.
Daniel F. Calderin, Miami