“Thank you so much. Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward,” said Obama, which was the first sentence of his remarks in Chicago, Ill.
Before the United States won its independence from Great Britain in 1781, it was made up of 13 separate colonies, and apparently was not viewed by the British or the Americans as a single colonial entity.
From 1775-1776, the delegates of the Continental Congress worked to establish a consensus for declaring independence from the British Crown, on behalf of the 13 colonies.
The United States of America was viewed as a single country only after the 13 colonies won their independence and formed a new nation.
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