The Fourth of July – My How We’ve Grown

On July 4, 1776 a Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress. It would serve as the rallying cry for 13 colonies of Great Britain to become the United States of America.

After the Revolutionary War, this dream became a reality. At that time there were just 2.5 million people living in the new country.

It’s hard to imagine that young country as just 13 states along the eastern seaboard with a population less than that of modern-day Mississippi.

We certainly have changed a lot since then. Not only do we have 50 states, but the latest estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau tells us that or population is around 321.4 million.

The modern U.S.A. even has 33 counties and census incorporated places with the word “liberty” in the name.

And despite our having fought a war against the British to win independence we still have 24,382,182 reporting English ancestry in the U.S.

Of course, we’re still using their language, too. Funny that.

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