One year before the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, telling George III that the thirteen colonies were now 13 states independent of his rule, that same Congress sent him an olive branch.
In fact, it’s called the Olive Branch Petition.
On July 5, 1775, the colonial leaders adopted a petition that declared loyalty to the crown and implored George III to compromise over issues of taxation and trade. One of those leaders, John Adams, wrote privately to a friend that he thought the petition unworkable since in his opinion war was inevitable.
Adams’ letter was discovered by the British officials and forwarded to London, where it was taken as evidence that the Olive Branch Petition was insincere. Coupled with the initial fighting at Lexington and Concord in April and the Battle of Bunker Hill in June, George III had reason to declare the colonies in open rebellion.
He did so in August 1775. War continued in the colonies.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9.)
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7-8.)