But we've forgotten about the Colonies! They have since slipped away from us and become an independent nation under the leadership of General George Washington. In 1776, the United States of America issued the declaration for their independence from the British. We can see the influence of Enlightenment philosophies on such a decision, going back to John Locke's ideas of fundamental human rights. In some respects the Enlightenment led to this revolutionary period that will frame our next section; for, a little over a decade after the revolution breaks out in America, the starving, neglected, and increasingly angry people of France will take inspiration from their overseas allies and enact a revolution of their own, and this revolution will shape the art world for nearly the entire century to follow.