Secession in 1776.
From the first settlement of the English
colonies in America
, throughout their whole colonial existence up to the time when they were acknowledged by Great Britain
to be free and independent States, community independence was guarded with the most jealous care, as the palladium of their rights and liberties.
In defense of this great principle their secession from the mother country was justified, and not only was the principle established by their success, but the remedy stamped with the seal of right.