The history of the United States of America began long before the Colonists declared their independence.
The Magna Carta, written in 1215 in order to try to convince King John of England to give the people certain rights,
is generally considered to be the touchstone of liberty, upon which later documents are based.
The links below will take you to America's Historic Documents. These are the pieces of history upon which our nation was founded,
and within which our current liberty is rooted.