At the time, most people living in the colonies were very upset about the Intolerable Acts and wanted to take action. Each colony elected delegates to represent them and to meet in a group or congress. The group formed to create a structure and leader to represent them as they decided to rebel. The Continental Congress took place in Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the fall of 1774. There were 56 delegates including John Adams who attended. The delegates were elected to represent the colonists as a whole. Each colony sent representatives except for Georgia. The governor from Georgia was appointed by the king who would not allow them to elect delegates.
One of the biggest impacts of the First Continental Congress was the decision to meet again in 1775 if the Parliament had not addressed the colonies’ grievances. This led to the Second Continental Congress and the writing of the Declaration of Independence which led to forming the nation. The Congress also decided to boycott imported English goods and to stop exporting goods from the colonies to England.
Fig. 1 This early flag was designed in 1792. The Flag Resolution was passed by the Second Continental Congress and stated that the flag should have thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, with thirteen white stars on a blue background.