The First Continental Congress
In reaction to the Intolerable (or Coercive) Acts, the colonists were determined to band together and fight back. They did this by calling a convention of delegates to organize a formal resistance to the Intolerable Acts. This delegation would later be known as the First Continental Congress.
Representatives from all the colonies except Georgia met in Philadelphia from September 5 through October 26, 1774 to protest the Intolerable Acts. They agreed to cut off trade with Great Britain until Parliament abolished the Intolerable Acts. However, the colonies still proclaimed themselves loyal citizens to the King and hoped that relations would be resolved. The petition (seen to the left) was seen as a way to outline the colonial grievances against the Intolerable Acts and outlined the basic rights as colonists. Intentional or not, this meeting was the first time the colonists organized as one government.
Although many delegates were skeptical of the King's reaction, they felt they needed to exhaust every peaceful avenue with Great Britain. They agreed to reconvene in May of 1775 (the Second Continental Congress), little did they realize the first shots of the Revolution would be fired (Lexington and Concord) shortly before that meeting.
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