• Jan 1, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The Magna Carta was significant because it showed the people that the monarchy isn't the only way or form of government . It showed that the many over power the few and if people work together they can get what they want from the few. It also showed that every person can make a difference.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    This document is important because the men that signed it were the first white men to settle in the Americas. This is also the first piece of government ever to happen to the new residents of the Americas and later the colonists.
  • Petition of Rights

    Petition of Rights
    This was significant because it showed the people how unfair a king could be. It also showed the people that most kings thought themselves above the laws. The king thought because he had all the power he could get away with doing what ever he wanted and even with the Petition of Rights in place the King still did whatever he wanted.
  • Navigation Acts

    Navigation Acts
    The most significant part of the Navigation Acts was that it was hurting Americas manufacturing. This caused resentment within the American colonies against England. This in turn was a contributing factor for the rest of early American history.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    Without this the American colonists would not have had something to model their own bill of rights after. This gives a person reference to find out what are some basic rights of all people that we now take for granted.
  • Proclamation of 1763

    Proclamation of 1763
    The proclamation was significant because it, and other oppressive laws being passed at the same time, made the colonists suspicious of the King and other high officials. This in turn was one more thing that was added to the line of defense for gaining freedom from the power of the King.
  • Sugar Act

    Sugar Act
    The Sugar Act made the colonists want a say in their own governing. Because they where a colony they had to fallow the kings rule but the king didn't know what the people in the colonies wanted or needed or didn't like. This made his job harder and it put stress on the relationship between the colonies and the English king and other English people.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    This act was just another thing that put a wedge between the English and the American colonists. It also showed that the English would do just about anything to keep the colonies under the rule of the king. This also showed how to model the continental congress because the stamp act congress was set up in a similar way.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    This was important because it was the first rebellious act from the colonies against English rule. Without this everything else might not have happened and we would not be where we are now it this didn't happen. The people had finally stood up for themselves and the unfair treatment they were getting from the King.
  • The Coercive Acts

    The Coercive Acts
    This is a very significant piece of history because without it there would not have been the First Continental Congress. This was the turning point for those few Americans needed to get the message across that we were strong and we did not want to be under English rule any longer.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    This is what changed everything. This is were the declaration of independence was born. Where a few men changed the rest of history by simply signing their name on on of the most influential documents ever written. Everything was pushed into movement at this time.
  • First shots fired at Lexington and Concord

    First shots fired at Lexington and Concord
    This is the first military action in the revolutionary war. This marked the end of the colonies giving into the power of the king and the beginning of fighting for what they believed in.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    This is when plans were made and things were put into motion to become our one state and be separate from the Kings rules. Without this we might still be under the kings rule and just be s colony rather than the United States of America.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence if the most important document in early American history. It sets guidelines for everything and is what our government is still based from today. It is and will continue to be the most important part of our history that made this country what we are today and without it I have no idea were we would be.