First Continental Congress 1774

The First Continental Congress was an organised reaction against the Coercive Acts by the colonial states. All twelve states were involved, as Georgia had problems within its own state. John Adams believed that it was the point where ‘thirteen clocks struck as one’. The First Continental Congress passed ‘The Suffolk Resolves’ which encouraged the colonies to build up arms and form militias. In addition the American colonies were to boycott British imports, curtail exports, and refuse to use British products. In addition they were to show no co-operation with the Massachusetts Government Act or the Boston Port Bill. They supported a colonial government in Massachusetts which was free from royal authority. Moreover, the American colonies agreed to meet again in a year’s time which would become the Second Continental Congress.