Woody asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 2 months ago

What was the purpose for the Frist Continental Congress?

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The First Continental Congress met from September 5 to October 26, 1774, at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after the British Navy instituted a blockade of Boston Harbor and Parliament passed the Coercive Acts, known in the colonies as the Intolerable Acts, in response to the December 1773 Boston Tea Party. The delegates conducted a spirited discussion about how the colonies could respond to the British government's actions. They ultimately agreed to impose an economic boycott on British trade, and they drew up a Petition to the King pleading for redress of their grievances and repeal of the Intolerable Acts. That appeal had no effect, so the colonies convened the Second Continental Congress the following May, shortly after the battles of Lexington and Concord, to organize the defense of the colonies at the outset of the Revolutionary War. The delegates also urged each colony to set up and train its own militia.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    extract from link below, 

    "On September 5, 1774, delegates from each of the 13 colonies except for Georgia assembled as the First Continental Congress to organize colonial resistance to British Parliament's Coercive Acts.

    After much discussion, the Congress issued a Declaration of Rights, affirming its loyalty to the British Crown but disputing the British Parliament’s right to tax it. The Congress also passed the Articles of Association, which called on the colonies to stop importing goods from the British Isles beginning on December 1, 1774, if the Coercive Acts were not repealed. Should Britain fail to redress the colonists’ grievances in a timely manner, the Congress declared, then it would reconvene on May 10, 1775, and the colonies would cease to export goods to Britain on September 10, 1775. After proclaiming these measures, the First Continental Congress disbanded on October 26, 1774.


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