the first continental congress

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the first continental congress

The First Continental Congress

The First Continental Congress met in Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia in September of 1774. All of the colonies but Georgia sent delegates to participate in the Congress. During the First Congress, the delegates decided onseveral solutions, including boycotting British goods. The delegates also drafted a declaration to the King and Parliament explaining the position of the Congress. This draft was called the Declaration of Rights and Grievances.

In March 1774, the British Parliament passed a series of laws called the Coercive (Intolerable) Acts. These acts were put into place to punish the English colonists for going against British policies, especially for the Boston Tea Party. These acts included the Boston Port Act, the Massachusetts Government Act, the Quartering Act, and the Administration of Justice Act.

The Boston Port Act closed the port of Boston, the Massachusetts Government Act forbade town meetings, the Quartering Act required colonists to house British Soldiers on demand, and the Administration of Justice Act removed British officials from the Jurisdiction of Massachusetts courts.

Carpenter's Hall

Because of the Congress, the British Parliament increased the funding for British troops in the colonies. This was the first time that the colonists sent a document to the king to declare the rights that they wished to have. The British sent an order for the soldiers in the colonies to get rid of this opposition of the colonists. Because of this order, the British troops fired off the first rounds of the Revolution at the Battles of Lexington and Concord.


Signatures on the Declaration of Rights and Grievances



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