Appendix CHIS/115 Version 32Americans first victory in the struggle for independence and the U.S. northern had a stronghold protecting many from British Invasion. The Americans captured for Ticonderoga from the British and have also gather many useful things such as cannons, gunpowder, and ammunition. in future battles. This site controlled the river portage. The route was for important trade so controlling forces had the advantage.Second Continental CongressIn May 1775 there was a gathering of colonial leadersto determine the colonies response to the battles of Lexington and Concord. Here they passed resolutionssupporting the war these included a sharp rejection of all authority under the kind of America. They would also decide where and who they would attack. The Second Continental Congress managed the colonial war effort, as they move incrementally towards the independence and adopting the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776. They raised armies, appointed diplomats and made formal treaties, the congress would act as the de facto national government that would be known as the United States.