On September 5, 1774the Continental Congress convened for the first time and adopted the Articles of Association, which stated that if the Intolerable Acts were not repealed by December 1, 1774, a boycott of British goods would begin in the colonies. The Articles of Association were dated October 20, 1774 and were the foundations leading to the Declaration of Independence.
The Articles of Association were calculated to not offend the King but to blame lower level officials alleging the current system was: “evidently calculated for enslaving these colonies, and, with them, the British Empire. A formal petition to King George III was drafted on October 26 that outlined the grievances of the colonies. The Congress voted to reconvene in Philadelphia on May 10, 1775
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