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10 Surprising and Hidden Facts About the Declaration of Independence That Will Leave You Awestruck

The Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4, 1776: Contrary to popular belief, the majority of the delegates signed the document on August 2, 1776.

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The youngest signer: Jonathan Dayton, at the age of 26, was the youngest person to sign the Declaration of Independence.

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Syng inkstand:  The Syng inkstand, an elaborate silver inkstand, was used to sign the Declaration. It is currently on display at the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.

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Hidden messages in the signatures: Some signers embedded secret messages in their signatures, such as hidden symbols or acrostic puzzles, adding intrigue to the historical document.

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Printing errors: The original printed copies of the Declaration contained several printing errors, including the omission of the word "the" in the phrase "the pursuit of happiness."

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The "X" signers: Two delegates, Thomas McKean and Elbridge Gerry, initially withheld their signatures but later signed the document with an "X" due to their absence on July 4.

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Hidden treasure map legend: Rumors circulated that a treasure map was hidden on the back of the original Declaration of Independence, but extensive examinations have not confirmed this claim.

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Rebellious ink: The ink used to sign the Declaration had a tendency to fade over time, making it necessary to create facsimiles and copies to preserve the document's contents.

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Continental Congress' secret storage: During the Revolutionary War, the Declaration of Independence was hidden and moved several times to protect it from falling into British hands.

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The destiny of the signers: Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, five were captured by the British, 12 had their homes looted, and nine died during the Revolutionary War.

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