Lead: In the 1700s the United States broke from England. No colony in history had done that before. This series examines America’s Revolution.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Content: News of the growing discontent and at times violent resistance in the colonies in 1774 over the so-called Intolerable Acts only slowly moved east across the Atlantic. It made its way only gradually into the consciousness of the British public, but more importantly that of Britain’s leaders. Parliament was in its usual late summer and fall recess so dealing with this colonial dissatisfaction was left to the colonial bureaucrats, the colonial minister and the King. Colonial Secretary, Lord Dartmouth was concerned about reports that weapons were being smuggled from Europe to the colonies, but was more sanguine when he heard news of the First Continental Congress. Though he considered it to be an unlawful assembly, he would be open to its outcome if the meeting produced conciliatory measures. The King was far more skeptical, writing that “the Colonies must either submit or triumph.”