The Boston Tea Party caused a stir with the English Parliament. So much, in fact, in 1774 they came up with five laws that limited the political and geological freedom of the thirteen English colonies here in the United States. Four of these laws were to punish the Massachusetts colony for its act and to close down the Boston Harbor until the East India Company was paid back for the waste of all the tea that was dumped into the harbor. This caused quite a ruckus with the political powers of the colonies that it was decided to put together an intercontinental assembly to assist in putting together grievances the colonies had with British policy; a voice that would coordinate these grievances and put them together for the king.
The First Continental Congress assembled for the first time on this date in 1774 at Carpenter’s Hall in Philadelphia. Thier main purposes was to put together their issues in writing and to send them to the king. At this time, except for a few radicals in this group, there was no thought of breaking up with England to become its own country. This Congress was only there to file grievances and to voice their opinion to the King.
Several petitions were written regarding the policies of British order. This Congress would finally be adjourned on October 26, 1774 and planned to come back on May 10, 1775 to discuss their next move. However, before this would happen, war would break out between the colonies and England. The Continental Congress would move to stay away from danger with the English troops by moving around to different cities during the Revolutionary War and would put forth the Articles and Laws needed to become our own free country.
Finally, on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress drafted a statement that announced that the thirteen American Colonies, now deeply in war with England, no longer recognized British rule and that they now regarded themselves as thirteen independent sovereign states. This statement was signed by the founding fathers of what would become our free nation. Many of these men would live the rest of their lives in hiding or would be punished and live the rest of their lives in poverty for their actions against Great Britain. There would be many more years of fighting before we would see our dream for freedom come to fruition.
The above statement mentioned would later be known as the Declaration of Independance. We the People should never forget the sacrifices made by these men and their unswaying belief that we should be a free country.
To celebrate the beginning of the Continental Congress, and to recognize the people responsible with us becoming the United States of America, I have a cocktail that I think you will enjoy:
1 Egg White
2 oz. Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz. Port Wine
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Juice from a wedge of Lemon
2 – 3 Dashes of Aromatic Bitters
Method: In a mixing glass WITHOUT ice, combine the first five ingredients. Cap with a tin and dry shake vigorously. Pour into an old fashioned glass filled with ice. Take a lemon rind and twist it over the drink, rubbing it gently around the rim of the glass before dropping it into the drink. Add a couple dashes of bitters and stir.
This Day in History:
1698 – Russia’s Peter the Great levied a tax on bearded men.
1774 – The First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1836 – The Republic of Texas made war hero Sam Houston their first president.
1972 – Palestinian guerrillas killed 11 Israelis at the Munich Olympic Games.
1997 – Mother Teresa, the humanitarian who won the Noble Peace Prize for her work with the poor, died in Calcutta, India, at the age of 87.
Comedian Bob Newhart was born on this date in 1929.
“I don’t like country music, but I don’t denigrate people who do. And for the people who like country music, “denigrate” means put down.” – Bob Newhart
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