The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on 4 July 1776 which proclaimed the sovereignty of the thirteen colonies then in rebellion against the Kingdom of Great Britain, and as such, were no longer a part of the British Empire.
Among its contents was the assertion that "all men are created equal" and that they were entitled to the inalienable rights of "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness", a conviction that came to be disseminated across the world, inspiring revolutions such as the French Revolution.
The original draft of the document was written by Thomas Jefferson, and, over the course of the following months, the Declaration of Independence was signed by a number of delegates who came to be known as the Founding Fathers, with George Washington and Benjamin Franklin being among the more prominent founders. However, Washington was not among those who signed the document, as he was no longer a congressman and was currently commanding the Continental Army in New York City.
The Assassin Ratonhnhaké:ton was present during a signing of the Declaration at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, having come seeking Washington to warn him about the Templars. During this time, his mentor Achilles Davenport waited outside.