logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Painting
Heart Disease
Horror Literature
Dating
Hiking & Backpacking
SF/Fantasy Books
Healthy Foods


dailyclick
All times in EST

Clairvoyance: 08:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g History Site

BellaOnline's History Editor

g

First Continental Congress


In 1774 the thirteen English colonies in America stood up in indignation. They were screaming to their homeland to listen to their cries and let their words have weight. England went beyond ignoring them. They began to implement various taxes that were mean to hit the upstart colonies where it hurt the most, the pocket book and their pride. The colonies reacted by having a little fun at a party in Boston (Boston Tea Party). This carousing did not meet with approval in England. In fact, the parent country threw out even more acts and taxes as a form of punishment. Historically we call these punitive measures the Intolerable Acts.

These acts called for the closing of Boston harbor until all the tea was paid for that, changed the government of Massachusetts and placed it directly under the Royal Crown, gave governors the authority to place British soldiers in any building though it did stress unoccupied, allowed judges to move Royal courts to other colonies, and expanded the boundaries of the Canada colony. To many this might not seem all that big of an issue, but to these colonies it spoke volumes. England was in control and wanted these “children” to realize that. They did and they reacted.

The 1st Continental Congress was convened in response to these acts. Twelve of the colonies elected representatives to meet in Philadelphia that fall. Georgia was the only one of the original thirteen colonies to participate in this first gathering. They were the youngest of the colonies and politically needed England’s help. Though they condemned the acts, they decided to play it cool and wait till their immediate needs were met before vocally announcing their feelings.

This meeting was not to declare independence from England. It was not to cause trouble or rebel. It was meant to unify the colonies for the first time and have the Crown hear their voice. Their hope was to get England’s attention and finally be herd.

The 1st Continental Congress resulted in unification of the colonies, the boycotting of English products, and the plan to meet again in the spring of 1775 if their voice was not heard. The unification of the colonies was a big step toward what was to come. Before this they were thirteen separate “countries” with each of them doing their own thing and vying to stand on their own merits. This was the first time that they acknowledged that banding together would be more powerful than standing alone. The boycotting of English goods caused a dramatic decline in the island’s exports which was nothing to sneeze at.

This was the first glance at what was to become the United States of America. The people of the New World were banding together and becoming one voice. They were paving the way for the American Revolution. All of this because they wanted to know that their voices mattered.


Delegates:

Adams, John – Massachusetts
Adams, Samuel – Massachusetts
Alsop, John – New York
Biddle, Edward – Pennsylvania
Bland, Richard - Virginia
Boerum, Simon – New York
Caswell, Richard – North Carolina
Chase, Samuel - Maryland
Crane, Stephen – New Jersey
Cushing, Thomas – Massachusetts
Deane, Silas – Connecticut
De Hart, John – New Jersey
Dickinson, John - Pennsylvania
Duane, James – New York
Dyer – Eliphalet – Connecticut
Floyd, William – New York
Folsom, Nathaniel – New Hampshire
Gadsden, Christopher – South Carolina
Galloway, Joseph – Pennsylvania
Goldsborough, Robert - Maryland
Haring, John – New York
Harrison, Benjamin – Virginia
Henry, Patrick – Virginia
Hewes, Joseph – North Carolina
Hooper, William – North Carolina
Hopkins, Stephen – Rhode Island
Humphreys, Charles - Pennsylvania
Jay, John – New York
Johnson, Thomas - Maryland
Kinsey, James – New Jersey
Lee, Richard Henry - Virginia
Livingston, Philip – New York
Livingston, William – New Jersey
Low, Isaac – New York
Lynch, Thomas Jr – South Carolina
McKean, Thomas – Delaware
Middleton, Henry – South Carolina
Mifflin, Thomas – Pennsylvania
Morton, John – Pennsylvania
Paca, William - Maryland
Paine, Robert Treat – Massachusetts
Pendleton, Edmund – Virginia
Randolph, Peyton - Virginia
Read, George - Delaware
Rhoads, Samuel – Pennsylvania
Rodney, Caesar - Delaware
Ross, George – Pennsylvania
Rutledge, Edward – South Carolina
Rutledge, John – South Carolina
Sherman, Roger – Connecticut
Smith, Richard – New Jersey
Sullivan, John – New Hampshire
Tilghman, Matthew - Maryland
Ward, Samuel – Rhode Island
Washington, George - Virginia
Wisner, Henry – New York

Add First+Continental+Congress to Twitter Add First+Continental+Congress to Facebook Add First+Continental+Congress to MySpace Add First+Continental+Congress to Del.icio.us Digg First+Continental+Congress Add First+Continental+Congress to Yahoo My Web Add First+Continental+Congress to Google Bookmarks Add First+Continental+Congress to Stumbleupon Add First+Continental+Congress to Reddit



 



RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map




For FREE email updates, subscribe to the History Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2013 by Rebecca Graf. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Rebecca Graf. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Rebecca Graf for details.

g


g features
Japan’s Struggle with the Past for the Future

Cold War as Reality in Decolonized Asia

Japan's Recovery After WWI to Economic Power

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2013 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor