The Second Continental Congress which reassembled in 1775 acted as a revolutionary government against the British parliament. They sent the ‘Olive Branch Petition to the king. However, the King refused to comply with anything from the Continental Congress. The group formed the Continental Army and appointed Washington Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. In addition the group issued the Declaration on the Causes and Necessities for taking up arms which justified the American colonies call to arms and begin war with the British.
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