Colonial Assemblies

The Colonial Assemblies were formed to govern the various American colonies. To some degree they were based on the British political system as they had a charter signed by the king which gave them legitimacy and authority. During the period of salutary neglect the assemblies assumed greater power and independence from the British parliament. Due to opposition against Britain, the New York, Boston and Virginia Assemblies were closed. Many important documents also came out of the assemblies such as the Virginia Resolves and Massachusetts Circular Letter. The colonial elite who facilitated Revolution came from these assemblies. Theses colonial assemblies were able to unite to create a notion of American nationalism through the Stamp Act Congress where 9 out of the 13 colonies attended and the Continental Congresses.