After the Battles of Lexington and Concord, a Second Continental Congress met.The Congress included sixty-five delegates.The Second Continental Congress decided many important things. At the Congress, they decided to completely break away from Great Britain. On May 15, 1776, they decided to officially put the colonies in a state of defense.
Another thing they decided they had to do was to organize the militia of the colonies better. So, they decided to form an army called the American Continent