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Early American History

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    Required King John to proclaim certain liberties.
  • Jamestown settled

    Jamestown settled
    It was the first successful English colony in the New World settled in Virginia.
  • Mayflower Compact written

    Mayflower Compact written
    First set of laws written by English settlers on the way to the new world.
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    Major English constitutional document that sets out specific liberties of the subject that the king is prohibited from infringing.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    Gave ability to declare acts of royalty illegal, such as going against the Magna Carta.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    Conflict between England and France to see who would control North American continent. Lasted from 1756-1763.
  • Stamp Act

    Required taxes on stamps, documents, newpapers, any other paper item.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    5 civilians killed after British Redcoats discharged their muskets during a riot in Boston.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Colonists threw tea into the Boston Harbor to rebel against the British government for the taxing of tea.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Phrase used to describe the 5 acts that Britain had imposed on American colonies after the Boston Tea Party.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    Was a convention of delegates that met in response to the Intolerable Acts. They met in Carpenters Hall in Phiadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Constituation Convection

    See Philadelphia Cnvention
  • American Revolution begins

    American Revolution begins
    The shot heard round the world began the battle of Concord and continued fight against British.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Started managing the war effort, drafted Declaration of Independence, was a sort of governmental group for the time being.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    Was the first constituation of the United States. Talked about how the federal government would operate and was the adopation of the name United States of America.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    Announced that the thirteen colonies were official states independent of Britain.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Farmers disapproving of taxes lead attacks to prevent government from foreclosing their land.
  • Philadelphia Covention

    Philadelphia Covention
    Representatives joined to discuss Articles of Confederation, and ended up with the new U.S. Constitution.
  • Connecticut Compromise

    Connecticut Compromise
    Created Virginia Plan and New Jersey Plan giving Congress the Senate and House of Reps.