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MOMENTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY
The name United States of America was formally declared by the Continental Congress on September 9, 1776. The new name replaced “United Colonies,” the term which had been in general use. The Congressional declaration stated that the new name should be used on all occasions where the former term had applied. By September 1776, the Declaration of Independence had been drafted, printed, signed and sent to Great Britain. In September, the Revolutionary War was already underway, and although it would take years and the future looked uncertain, the United States of America was on its way to becoming a free and independent nation. The period of growing resistance against British rule and the revolution that followed form a memorable part of the American past.