British Reforms and Colonial Resistance; 1767-1772
May 10th, 1775
The Second Continental Congress first met on May 10, 1775.
January 5th, 1776
On January 5, 1776, New Hampshire's provincial congress adopted the first state constitution.
July 4th, 1776
independence was formally declared on July 2, 1776, a date that John Adams believed would be “the most memorable epochal in the history of America.”
September 9th, 1776
On September 9, 1776, the Continental Congress officially changed the name of the 13 colonies from the “United Colonies” to the “United States of America.”
The economic problems faced by the Congress deeply touched the lives of most Americans in the 1780s. The war had disrupted much of the American economy. On the high seas the British navy had great superiority and destroyed most American ships, crippling the flow of trade.
March 1st, 1781
The Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States, on November 15, 1777. However, ratification of the Articles of Confederation by all thirteen states did not occur until March 1, 1781.
The Great Compromise of 1787, also known as the Sherman Compromise was an agreement reached during the Constitutional Convention of 1787 between delegates of the states with large and small populations that defined the structure of Congress and the number of representatives each state would have in Congress according to the United States Constitution.
May 14th, 1787 - September 17th, 1787
May 14th- September 17th, 1787 in Philadelphia.
September 17, 1787
On September 17, 1787, the delegates at the Philadelphia Convention finalized the new United States Constitution.