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Patriots heard about the plan, prepared for their arrival, and them to retreat. By May 1775, the militia had surrounded , trapping the British. after the battles at Lexington and Concord, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia. They “adopted” the militia army surrounding Boston and named it the . They also selected George Washington to the new army. The British landed reinforcements in Boston and what came to known as the Battle of Hill ensued. This victory helped build American .
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The Decision to Declare Independence After more than a year of war, the Continental Congress issued the of Independence. In July 1775, as the siege of Boston continued, the Continental Congress sent a document known as the to King George III. Meanwhile, the of the Congress convinced the body to order an attack on the British troops based in Quebec. King George III to look at the petition and ordered the rebellion in America suppressed. The Continental Congress increasingly began to act like an independent . Despite defeats by the Patriots, the British were not backing down; instead, they began their army. After Thomas Pain published , many colonists began to realize that they should not be loyal to the king. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress issued the Declaration of Independence. The colonies had now become the and the Revolution had begun.
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