Early American Government

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    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The Magna Carta is the basis of individual rights and considered as a part of the English Constitution where there is no written constitution. The Magna Carta has been an important influence on governments throughout time.
  • Jamestown Settled

    Jamestown Settled
    Site of the first permanent English settlement. Jamestown was founded for the reason of a quick profit from gold mining for its investors while also creating a permanent foothold in North America.
  • Mayflower Compact Signed

    Mayflower Compact Signed
    It was the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony. It was written by the colonists, later known as Pilgrims. The compact was important in creating the government needed to keep the community from getting out of hand.
  • Petition of Right

    The Petition of Right is an English constitutional document, which sets out specific liberties of the subject that the king is prohibited from infringing. This allows us to change the decisions made by our government.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    It enumerates certain rights to which subjects and permanent residents of a constitutional monarchy were thought to be given the right to. It is important because it lists the rights of citizens that were not in the Magna Carta.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    The Albany Plan was proposed by Benjamin Franklin at the Albany Congress in 1754 in Albany, New York. It was important because it attempted to form a union of the colonies.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act was Parliament's first serious attempt to assert governmental authority over the colonies. This unified all the colonies in their resistnace to the British Parliament.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was an incident that led to the deaths of five civilians at the hands of British troops. This event eventually lead up to the begining of the Revolutionary War.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    A direct action in Boston aimed toward the British government because they refused to return three ships of taxed tea. This act showed how independent the colonies were becoming from the British.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from twelve of the thirteen North American colonies. It was important in the creation of the Continental Association.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    These were a series of laws passed by the British Parliament in to punish and make an example of Massachusetts for resisting parliamentary authority.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    The Second Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from the Thirteen Colonies. At this meeting they appointed George Washington commander in cheif of the army.
  • American Revolution Begins

    American Revolution Begins
    The American Revolution helped the Thirteen Colonies gain independance from the Britissh Empire. It helped shape the way America is today.
  • Declaration of Independance

    Declaration of Independance
    The Declaration of Independence is a document that the American colonists wrote and signed to prove to the King of England that all 13 colonies agreed that they should have the right to be free. It was important because it limited the government and kept them from abusing their power.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The Articles of Confederation was drfted in 1777 and was the first constitution of the United States. It was important because it was a model of what a constitution shoud be and helped set up the constitution we have today.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Shays' Rebellion was an armed uprising in central and western Massachusetts from 1786 to 1787. The rebellion is named after Daniel Shays, a veteran of the American Revolution. It was important because it showed the need for a stronger central government.
  • Connecticut Compromise

    Connecticut Compromise
    An agreement between large and small states reached during the Constitutional Convention of 1787 that defined the legislative structure and representation that each state would have under the United States Constitution.
  • Philadelphia Convention

    Philadelphia Convention
    Held to address the problems within the government. Helped change and improve the government.