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What are Committees of Correspondence?

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Committees of Correspondence were created by the American Colonies for communication between colonies prior to the American Revolution. They helped coordinate plans of resistance against the British government.

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The first Committee of Correspondence was formed in 1764, in Boston, to increase opposition from the other American colonies of Britain's paper money policies. New York formed a committee the following year to oppose Britain's Stamp Act. In 1773, a colonial legislature decided that intercolonial communication should be conducted by a standing committee from each colony. These early committees led to the eventual creation of a permanent communication structure between the colonies, as well as the formation of the First Colonial Congress.

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