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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 4. Battle at Lexington and Concord 3. First Continental Congress -1774 On June 11, 1776, the Continental Congress appointed five leaders, called the Committee of Five, to write a document, explaining to foreign nations why they were declaring their independence and had chosento separate themselves from Great Britain. The five members were Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Livingston, Sherman, and Thomas Jefferson. The Declaration was presented to the Continental Congressin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was approved with a few minor changes. On July 4, 1776, the Congress officially adopted the finalversion of the Declaration of Independence. This day is still celebrated in the United States as Independence Day. 7. The First Virginia Constitution - 1776 8. Declaration of Independence - July 4, 1776 In 1776, the First Virginia Constitution declared the dissolution of the rule of Great Britain over Virginia and accused England's King George III of establishing a tyranny. It also defined and limited the powers of the state governmentand the basic rights of the citizens of the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia. It served as a model for a number of other historicdocuments, including the United States Bill of Rights. 5. The Second Continental Congress - 1775 The Second Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from the 13 colonies that started meeting in the summer of 1775 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, soon after warfare in the American Revolutionary War had begun. 6. Common Sense - 1776 Boston Tea Party through the signing of the Declaration of Independence 2. Intolerable Acts -1774 In response to the Boston Tea Party, the British Parliament passed four laws. In addition to other things, these laws closed the Boston Harbor for all shipping until they paid for all of the destroyed tea. The Acts made the Colonists even more determined to defend their rights and liberties against the British. Delegates from the 12 colonies met at the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia to discuss how to react to the Intolerable Acts. 1. Boston Tea Party -1773 The Battles of Lexington and Concordsignaled the start of the Revolutionary War. The victory against the British was unexpected and provided the Colonists with the confidence and belief in their ability to win further victories. This was a protest against the Britishfor unfair taxes. The Colonists dressedas Indians and dumped British Tea into the Boston Harbor. By: Paige Parisi Delegates from the 12 colonies metat the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia to discuss how to react to the intolerable Acts. They decided to boycott British goods and ban the export of American goods to Britain if the Intolerable Acts were not cancelled. 4. Battle of Lexington and Concord - 1775 Common Sense was a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine that inspired people in the 13 colonies to declare and fight for their independence from Great Britain.
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