Comment: While Britian did not officially recognize our independence

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While Britian did not officially recognize our independence

until then, We count from 1776 because the idea was that the Declaration is what marked the separation, not winning the war. (and technically, we didn't win. They capitulated and went home to fight France. We didn't take over the British Crown)

It was the first act of Independence and since history didn't end differently, The victors got to write that we were independent from this moment forward. Truly, though it took the Crown another 7 years to officially agree, we acted and in all respects were independent from the point of the Declaration onward.