Major Events for Early American Government By tyler.coffman Sep 3, 1215 Magna Carta The first attempt by the govern to limit the powers of the King in England. May 13, 1607 Settlement of Jamestown The first colony established by the English on American soil. Nov 11, 1620 Mayflower Compact First governing document of the Plymoth Document. May 9, 1628 Petition of Right A major English constitutional document that sets out specific liberties of the subject that the king is prohibited from infringing. Dec 9, 1689 English Bill of Rights Passed by Parliament, it included but was not limited to the rights to petition the monarch and to have arms in defence. Jun 9, 1754 Albany Plan of Union Delegates from most of the northern colonies and representatives from the Six Iroquois Nations met in Albany, New York, to adopt a plan of unionizing the colonies. Sep 9, 1765 Stamp Act An act of English Parliament to tax all paper goods in America. Mar 5, 1770 Boston Massacre The killing of 5 colonist by British regulars. Dec 16, 1773 Boston Tea Party A direct action by colonists in Boston against the British government. Sep 5, 1774 First Continental Congress A convention of delegates from twelve of the thirteen original colonies. Sep 9, 1774 Intolerable Acts A series of acts including spending money, repealing taxes, and evacuating British troops after the Boston Massacre. Sep 9, 1774 Beginning of American Revolution The American Revolution was the political upheaval during the last half of the 18th century in which thirteen colonies in North America joined together to break free from the British Empire. May 10, 1775 Second Continental Congress The second congress managed the colonial war effort, and moved incrementally towards independence. Jul 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence Statement adopted by Congress that announced the thirteen original colonies to be independent from British rule. Mar 9, 1781 Articles of Confederation First constitution of the United States of America. Sep 9, 1786 Shays' Rebellion Shays' Rebellion was an armed uprising in central and western Massachusetts (mainly Springfield) from 1786 to 1787. May 25, 1787 Philadelphia Convention 55 delegates from the several states met to frame a Constitution for a federal republic. Jul 16, 1787 Connecticut Compromise Roger Sherman and Oliver Ellsworth created a compromise for a two-part legislature consisting of a lower and upper house. Sep 9, 1787 Constitution Convection Ratifying the constitution, it started in Delaware.