They wanted to "regulate" the governor's corrupt local officials, who were charging huge fees and seizing property. In April North Carolina's provincial congress met at Halifax and decided to send a message to the Continental Congress.
Photograph no. The Americans suffered a number of setbacks from toincluding the defection of General Benedict Arnold to the British and the first serious mutinies within the Continental Army.
It seems strange and wrong to us today that the men at Halifax could talk about personal freedom and a better government while holding African Americans in slavery and denying voting and other rights to women and to men without property.
The American Revolution, which had begun as a civil conflict between Britain and its colonies, had become a world war. They issued a number of new laws that the colonists called the Intolerable Acts.
This First Continental Congress did not go so far as to demand independence from Britain, but it denounced taxation without representation, as well as the maintenance of the British army in the colonies without their consent. These actions were not well received by the colonists.
The legislatures were allowed to levy taxes, muster troops, and pass laws. New taxes were enforced, including the Sugar Act and the Currency Actboth in Amos Doolittle engraving of Battle of Lexington published in It came soon enough.
The great legacy of the American Revolution is that a government was established that allowed for debate and differences of opinion. Why may it not? Eight were killed, ten wounded, and the British suffered but one minor casualty.