According to the Declaration of Independence, the colonists had a right to rebel against and gain autonomy from the British. The colonies’ largest opposition was fueled by the oppressive rules passed in England at that time. Moreover, the colonies did not have any representation in England to air their grievances when the laws were being passed. Through the document, the colonists raised their grievances against King George of England, overthrew his government and declared themselves free and independent states (Achives.gov, 2012).The fact that the Great King of Britain subjected the colonies of the US to repeated injuries, abuses and sufferings made them decide to change their former System of Government. This was also fueled by the fact that the king wanted to establish an absolute tyranny over these States in America. Some of the king’s oppressions included withdrawal of protection, declaration of war to the colonies, and his frequent orders to destroy people’s lives and properties. Moreover, the king altered the governance of the colonies and abolished their laws. The king had also made judges dependent on him alone for their tenure and amount of salaries. He had further cut off the trade operations between the colonies and the outside world. Furthermore, the king never consulted with the legislature of the colonies whenever he wanted to do anything (Loc.gov, 2010).The history of the declaration of independence however dates back to 1776 when it was signed in Philadelphia, soon after the beginning of the American Revolutionary War. This was after urgent international pressures compelled the Congress to issue the declaration. The document reflected various issues concerning immigration, defense, commerce and security. The purpose of the document signed was to declare the causes that propelled the rebellion of the thirteen colonies against British rule. The document also contained details of the abuses and sufferings made them decide to change their former System of Government.