Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, and signed on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument. Here, in exalted and unforgettable phrases, Jefferson expressed the convictions in the minds and hearts of the American people. The political philosophy of the Declaration was not new; its ideals of individual liberty had already been expressed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers. What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy in "self-evident truths" and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country.

  1912 photo depicts Greek immigrants arriving in the port of New York.
Eight years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America the first group of Greek immigrants arrived in Saint Augustine, Florida on July 10, 1768.