In September 1774, the First Continental Congress met in Philadelphia. They agreed to do several things. As a result of the Boston Tea Party, the British passed a series of harsh laws on the colonists, especially the colonists in Massachusetts, called the Intolerable Acts. These laws were designed to punish the colonists for the Boston Tea Party. One thing the First Continental Congress did was to ask that these laws be removed. They also stated that the colonists would disobey these laws.
A second action suggested that the colonists were preparing for an eventual war. They endorsed the Suffolk Resolves. This basically told the people to form their own armies or militias. This suggested the leaders believed a war or battle would eventually occur.
The third thing the First Continental Congress did was to agree to have the colonies stop trading with Britain. They knew the British depended on our trade, and they believed this action might lead to a removal of the Intolerable Acts.
If the situation did improve, they agreed to meet nine months later. In May 1775, the Second Continental Congress met since conditions didn’t improve.