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Monday, July 08, 2013

Continental Congress signed Olive Branch Petition
Zachariah Rivenbark at 12:00 AM ET

On July 8, 1775, the First Continental Congress signed the Olive Branch Petition, which sought a peaceful resolution to conflict with Great Britain that would eventually erupt into the Revolutionary War. The delegates acknowledged that growing tension in the American colonies against British colonial rule threatened to erupt into war, and requested that the British government curb the threat by repealing legislation directed against the colonies. In exchange, the delegates offered to the British government that the American colonists would be "ready and willing at all times, as they have ever been with their lives and fortunes, to assert and maintain the rights and interests" of Great Britain. The British government did not accept the Olive Branch Petition, and in August 1775 declared the American colonies to be in a state of rebellion.

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