Continental Congress

Continental Congress

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  • Carpenter's Hall,Philadelphia September 5 1774
  • For equality!
  • To dispute British Parliament's right to tax us!
  • We are gathered here today...
  • Congress decided that they did not seek separation from Great Britain. Instead they were to declare their rights to Britain and if all else fails they will meet again.
  • Outcome of Congress
  • Britain's response
  • The response from Britain wasn't what the colonists expected. In return, they added more rules and sent more troops to each colony.
  • Philadelphia...One Year Later
  • War with Britain!
  • How should we fight for our rights this time?
  • We should keep peace for as long as possible.
  • Outcome of Congress
  • Britain's Final Decisions
  • Congress requested that each colony draft a new state constitution. All of the militias put together became the continental army with George Washington as their commander. Then in July, they sent the Olive Branch petition to England.
  • Instead Britain sent the royal navy to the colonies and recruited German mercenaries, which were rumored to be ruthless.
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