The First Continental Congress resulted in an agreement that led to an effective boycott of Great Britain and a Second Continental Congress in 1775. The First Continental Congress met between September 5 and October 26, 1774.
Twelve of the 13 British colonies in what is now America sent representatives to the First Continental Congress. Only Georgia, which was afraid of the large Cherokee and Creek Indian populations on its frontier, did not join the meeting. The body did not have a particular agenda when it met, but members agreed that the grievances against Great Britain needed redress. Some colonies, such as New York, wanted to begin a revolution, while others wanted merely to have equal legislative rights. Pennsylvania's Joseph Galloway proposed the formation of a colonial parliament called the Grand Council; his plan lost by a narrow vote. However, the agreement to meet again if Great Britain did not address the colonist's concerns was an important step in organizing colonial opposition to the British government. Furthermore, the meeting between the prominent colonists helped them forge personal bonds. These personal bonds helped connect the colonies, which had hitherto been relatively independent of each other, into a larger organization that would eventually become the United States of America.