Declaration of Independence
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The Declaration of Independence, also referred to as simply the Declaration, is an item in the SNES and PC versions of Mario's Time Machine. Authored by Thomas Jefferson (alongside the Committee of Five) and signed by fifty-six delegates of the Thirteen Colonies, including Benjamin Franklin, it declares that the Americans are no longer under British rule and instead that the Thirteen Colonies, now thirteen sovereign states, are joined together as the United States of America. However, the document was stolen by a time-travelling Bowser before it could be signed. Mario later takes the Declaration from Bowser's Museum and travels back in time to Philadelphia so that it can be returned. While in the area, Mario can show it to several people in the area, and several of them recognize the importance of the document, telling Mario to return it immediately to Independence Hall. At Independence Hall, Thomas Jefferson also mentions having misplaced an "important document." Once Mario returns it to him, he thanks Mario and the delegates immediately begin signing it, starting with John Hancock.