He concluded that Americans would have to rely on the "Being who controls both Causes and Events to bring about his own determination," a sentiment which Washington shared.
There were still some delegates, however, including those bound by earlier instructions, who wished to pursue the path of reconciliation with Britain.
In June 1775 the Congress established the Continental Army as well as a continental currency.
By the end of July of that year, it created a post office for the "United Colonies." In August 1775 a royal proclamation declared that the King's American subjects were "engaged in open and avowed rebellion." Later that year, Parliament passed the American Prohibitory Act, which made all American vessels and cargoes forfeit to the Crown.
Thomas Paine's Common Sense, published in January 1776, was sold by the thousands.
By the middle of May 1776, eight colonies had decided that they would support independence.