Major Events for Early American Government

  • Feb 17, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    A document that King John of England was forced to sign to curb the king and make him govern by old English laws.
  • Jamestown Settled

    Jamestown Settled
    Settelers came to Jamestown from England and settled down to make colonies. It was the first English colony to be settled in America
  • Mayflower Compact Written

    Mayflower Compact Written
    The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony, written by the colonists. Was drawn up with fair and equal laws, for the general good of the settlement
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    Bill declaring the rights and liberties of subject and settling the sucession of the crown.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    Early attempt at forming a union of colonies under one government during the French and Indian War.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act was parliment's first real attempt for governmental authority over the colonies. The citizens were taxed at a rate that created a serious threat of revolt.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was the killing of 5 colonists by British regulars. There had been a cumulation of tensions in American colonies.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Ships filled with tea were to leave without the payment of any duty. 7,000 locals were not happy and dumped tea off of three ships in the Boston Harbor.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable  Acts
    The Intolerable Acts were a serie by the British Prime Minister Lord North. They included: the Quebec Act, the Quartering Act, the Impartial Administration of Justice Act, the Massachusetts Bay Regulating Act, and the Boston Port Act.
  • First Continential Congress

    First Continential Congress
    The First Continential Congress met in Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia. Although the goal was not crystal clear, they wanted to communicated the greviences of the colonies to common people. (Lasted until October 26, 1774)
  • American Revolution Begins

    American Revolution Begins
    Started in 1775 and ended in 1789. The American Revolution was the political upheaval during the last half of 18th century where thirteen colonies joined together to break free from the British Empire
  • Second Continential Congress

    Second Continential Congress
    The Second Continential Congress was presided over by John Hancock. The colonies, like before, sent delagates to heal the rapture between the colonies and the mother colony.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was a unanimous declaration of all 13 united states. Signers included: Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Adams, and John Hancock.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The Articles of Confederation was drafted by the Continential Congress. They established a "firm league of friendship" among the 13 colonies.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Lasted through 1787. Post- Revolutionary clash between New England farmers and merchants. Arose in Massachusetts and wound down in Philadelphia.
  • Connecticut Compromise

    Connecticut Compromise
    Compromise written at the constitutional convention that resolved the differenced between the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan.
  • Constitution Convention

    Constitution Convention
    Took place from May 25 to September 17, 1787. Took place to address the problems in governing the USA.
  • Philadelphia Convention

    Philadelphia Convention
    Electing George Washington as president of the convention. Plan for a new structure of government.