The United States, as we know, prevailed in its battle against Britain after the Yorktown victory in 1781. The states then came together to adopt a constitution, which was finally passed in 1787. But just as the Magna Carta was seen as an agreement that limited the arbitrary exercise of power by a king, many felt that the Constitution required declarations that limited the power of the state. A number of amendments, later known as the Bill of Rights, were passed during the process of ratifying the Constitution, including a jury trial, due process, and the absence of „cruel and unusual punishments,“ all rights confessed to the citizens of the new nation in 1215 and probably codified at Runnymede in 1215. In 1774, Parliament responded to colonial contempt with laws called the Coercive Acts, which punished Boston for resisting British rule. This attack on Massachusetts and its economy enraged people in every colony, and delegates from every colony except Georgia formed the first Continental Congress to create a unified opposition to Britain and craft a Bill of Rights and Complaints. King George III continued to ignore the colonial leaders` well-founded calls for equal treatment. Beyond the improvement of their existing association, the archives of the Second Continental Congress show that the need for a declaration of independence was closely linked to the requirements of international relations. The 7. In June 1776 Richard Henry Lee introduced a resolution before the Continental Congress declaring the colonies independent; At the same time, he called on Congress to „take the most effective steps to form foreign alliances“ and prepare a Confederate plan for the newly independent states. Congress then created three overlapping committees to draft the Declaration, a Model Treaty and the Articles of Confederation. The declaration announced the accession of States to the international system; the model treaty was intended to establish friendship and trade with other States; and the Articles of Confederation, which established „a solid league“ among the thirteen free and independent states, formed an international agreement establishing central institutions for the conduct of vital domestic and foreign affairs.  The Dutch, Danes and French took advantage of this opportunity, which our carelessness offered them, and began to smuggle their teas into the plantation.