May 27, 1774

Virginia Calls for Continental Congress

89 former members of the House of Burgesses, dissolved by Lord Dunmore the day before, meet at the Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg and declare "that an attack, made on one of our sister colonies, to compel submission to arbitrary taxes, is an attack made on all British America." They then issue a call to all the other colonies to meet in a "general congress" (It was not the first: Rhode Island called for a "grand congress" on May 17). They also form a new non-importation association against tea and other East India Company products.

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