When the colonists in America started fighting the British in April of 1775, they weren’t looking to break free from Britain. They were fighting for their rights as British citizens. By October, King George was furious at what he saw as their rebellion. He ordered more troops and more ships to head to America to squelch the uprising.
By January 1776, the colonists had caught wind of the king’s plan. They were furious with the king and many started thinking independence from Britain might be the answer. In March of 1776, North Carolina’s revolutionary convention voted in favor of independence, the first to do so. On July 4, 1776, Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, but the war dragged on for eight more years, finally ending in the fall of 1783.