When Did The USA Become Independent?


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American independence from Britain was formally declared on July 4 1776 with the ratification of the United States Declaration of Independence. Hence July 4 is still celebrated as American Independence Day. In 1777 the Articles of Confederation were adopted, becoming the first governing document of the USA. The Articles combined the 13 colonies of the American Revolutionary War into a loose confederation of sovereign states. The USA was recognised as an independent nation by the Treaty of Paris in 1783, which formally ended the American Revolutionary War between Britain and America. This war, also known as the American War of Independence, ran from 1775-1783. The Americans defeated the British with the assistance of France, Spain and the Netherlands.

Independence was a product of the American Revolution, an upheaval which included both the American Revolutionary War and the intellectual and social shifts towards republicanism taking place at that time, driven by the colonial struggle against political and economic policies of the British Empire. The Revolution ended British control of middle North America.

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