First continental congress meets-All colonies but Georgia have representatives
-voted to send a "statement of grievances"
-voted to boycott all British trade
-Patrick Henry- VA rep. urged colonists to unite against Britain
second continental congress meetprint money
set up post office
created continental army let by George Washington
Sent Olive branch asking kind to protect their rights
king hires 30,000 hessian soldier in response
Battle of bunker hillfought on Breed's hill.
"Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes"- William Prescott
British Victory(Americans ran out of ammunition) British learn defeating Americans would NOT be easy.
Washington arrives on outskirts of Boston with continental troopsrealizes men are disorganized and need discipline
"common sense" published by Thomas Painepamphlet inspires more colonists to become patriots
"Every thing that is right or reasonable pleads for separation. the blood of the stain, the weeping voice of nature cries, "tis time to part"- Thomas Paine, Common Sense
British surrender BostonWashington believes his army is ready and weapons arrive
Washington puts cannons on Dorchester heights overlooking Boston
British retreat- American Victory
second continental congress meet againdebate on declaring independence
Thomas Jefferson is the primary author of the document
Second continental congress votes for independenceAll 13 colonies vote YES on declaring independence
The declaration of Independence is signed!FIREWORKS