Continental Congress

Continental Congress

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  • On September 5, 1774 delegates from each of the 13 colonies (except for Georgia) met in Philadelphia.
  • The First Continental Congress organized colonial resistance against Parliaments Coercive Acts. The congress after much discussion they made the Declaration of Rights. The Declaration stated that the colonists will stay loyal to the King, but they refuse to pay Parliaments taxes.
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  • Congress also passed the Articles of Association, stating that the colonies will stop importing goods from the British Isle starting on December 1, 1774 if the Coercive Acts were not dismantled. If their needs were not met they planned to meet on May 10, 1775, and the colonies would not export goods to Britain. The First Continental Congress disbanded on October 26, 1774;.
  • The Second Continental Congress met back in Philadelphia on May 10, 1775, after the American Revolution had already began. on June 14, 1775, Congress created a united colonial fighting force, called the Continental Army.
  • George Washington was named commander in chief. The following month, the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms was created. To avoid full on war coupled the declaration with the Oliver Branch Petition.
  • Over time, both Britain and the U.S. had reasons to separate from each other. Without the help of Britain's army, the U.S. had to make alliances with another strong army that could help support them. The U.S. made an alliance with France, in order to fight against Britain for their independence.
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