The official declaration of independence was signed in 1776. The main intention of this was to justify a rebellion against the British. After the declaration, some charges were raised against the British king. After the long struggle, the 13 colonies embarked on their road to freedom. Being ruled by Britain without representation on taxation led to the objection by the colonists. After a year of trying to resolve their issues, the colonies sent their representatives to the second continental congress. When they admitted that their efforts were hopeless, a committee was formed immediately to come up with formal declaration of independence.