First Continental Congress
The First Continental Congress was called together in 1774, with 55 delegates representing twelve of the thirteen colonies (Georgia did not send a representative). This body debated over what the colonies should do, if anything, in reaction to the Intolerable Acts passed by Parliament that year. The First Continental Congress successfully boycotted British goods coming into the colonies, drastically reducing imports. It was the first step towards a written constitution, establishing statements of rights and principles. The participants agreed that a Second Continental Congress should meet the following year.