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What was the First Continental Congress?

What was the First Continental Congress?


The First Continental Congress was held on September 1, 1774. This was a meeting of delegates from 12 out of the 13 colonies that made up colonial day America. Delegates from the province of Georgia were not requested or provided in regards to the First Continental Congress. This is because at the time the province of Georgia was a location comprised of convicts and were not included in the decision-making process regarding this Congress.
The First Continental Congress was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From the twelve colonies that had provided delegates, there were a total of 56 men who came together. At this juncture in time, there was a great gap of interest between colonists regarding the separation of the colonies from England. Many colonists still had loyalty to England and hoped that resolution could be made by the two bodies. For others, there was a distinct need to separate from England for good.
However, one common feeling from the First Continental Congress was that there was a need for changes regarding the way in which England treated the colonies. The colonies demanded fairness and respect from England. This incendiary call for action and for the First Continental Congress came about after the Coercive Acts, more commonly referred to as the Intolerable Acts, were set in place. These Acts were laws passed by England and implemented into the colonies in order to keep control over them. Though the First Continental Congress tried to stop the Acts, they were unsuccessful. However, the First Continental Congress brought the delegates together and inspired more proactive action and organization in order to gain the rights and respect they had desired.