It is September 1774. Leaders in the thirteen colonies have gathered in Philadelphia to talk about what to do next. They have been under Britain's rule and they want to free themselves from it. This meeting was known as the First Continental Congress.
We should boycott British goods.
What should we do?
The representatives called for the 13 colonies to boycott British products. They also sent the British king a letter telling him why they where angry.
The colonies have begun to prepare their militias, or volunteer armies, for an attack. In April 1775, British troops came into the Massachusetts countryside. Fighting broke out at the city of Lexington between the British and colonists. This was the first battle of the American Revolution.
In May, members of the Second Continental Congress met and voted to make a Continental Army. They chose a landowner from Virginia named George Washington.
On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence listed the colonists' rights and the reasons from wanting freedom from Great Britain.