Major Events Leading up to the Signing of Constitution

  • Period: Jan 1, 1200 to Dec 31, 1250

    Magna Carta

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The Magna Carta was issued June 15, 1215 but later modified. The Magna Carta inspired the U.S. to write the Constitution
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  • The Mayflower Compact

    The Mayflower Compact
    The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. It was written by the colonists, later together known to history as the Pilgrims, who crossed the Atlantic aboard the Mayflower. It was signed on November 11, 1620 by 41 of the ship's one hundred and two passengers
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    The English Bill of Rights was passed by Parliament on 16 December 1689. This Bill of Rights also inspired the Constitution.
  • Inflation in the United States

    Inflation in the United States
    After the Revolutionary War, most states had a hard time paying off war debts and struggled to collect overdue taxes.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    Final ratification of the Articles of Confederation were made on March 1, 1781. The Constitution replaced the Articles of Confederation later in 1787.
  • Trade with Britain

    Trade with Britain
    United States had faced trading problems with Britain after they sighned the Treaty of Paris, so they closed many of its ports to American ships.
  • Trade with Spain

    Trade with Spain
    Spanish officials closed the lower Mississippi River to U.S. shipping.
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  • Shays's Rebellion

    Shays's Rebellion
    A poor farmer and Revolutionary War veteran, Daniel Shays, led hundreds of men in a forced shutdown of the Supreme Court. Shays also led in farmers protest against high taxes and heavy dept.