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The primary reason this passage was written was to: _________ .

A Justify the position of the colonists that they need to set up their own independent government.

The first sentence states the purpose of the document: to explain why the colonists are revolting and want to set up their own country. The document does state the belief in God-given rights (Make the case that people have God-given rights), but this is only in the context of explaining why they are revolting. The ideas contained in the Declaration of Independence (State new theories developed by American philosophers on the nature of government) came from European theorists (chiefly John Locke), not Americans.

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