The House of Burgesses was established by the Virginia Company in Jamestown, Va. This was the first assembly of elected representatives in the new colonies. It was also the first step towards independence and American Democracy as we know it.
The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York City on October 7, 1765, with nine colonies, represented by 27 delegates, in attendance; others would likely have participated if earlier notice had been provided. The delegates approved a 14-point Declaration of Rights and Grievances, formulated largely by John Dickinson of Pennsylvania. The statement echoed the recent resolves of the Virginia House of Burgesses, which argued that colonial taxation could only be carried on by their own assemblies.