Early American Government Timeline

  • Period: Jan 1, 1125 to

    Early American Government

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    Royal charter given to English Barons by king john in 1225
  • Jamestown settled

    Jamestown settled
    English settlement in North America named for the King og England
  • Mayflower compact written

    Mayflower compact written
    The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. It was written by the colonists.
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    The Petition of Right is a major English constitutional document, which sets out specific liberties of the subject that the king is prohibited from infringing.
  • Eglish Bill of Rights

    Eglish Bill of Rights
    is an act of the Parliament of England, whose title is An Act Declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject and Settling the Succession of the Crown.
  • 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 an early attempt at forming a union of the colonies "under one government as far as might be necessary for defense and other general important purposes" during the French and Indian War
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    an act passed by the British Parliament in 1756 that raised revenue from the American Colonies by a duty in the form of a stamp required on all newspapers and legal or commercial documents; opposition by the Colonies resulted in the repeal of the act in 1766
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was an incident that led to the deaths of five civilians at the hands of British troops on March 5, 1770, the legal aftermath of which helped spark the rebellion in some of the British American colonies, which culminated in the American Revolution
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    demonstration (1773) by citizens of Boston who (disguised as Indians) raided three British ships in Boston harbor and dumped hundreds of chests of tea into the harbor; organized as a protest against taxes on tea
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from twelve of the thirteen North American colonies that met on September 5, 1774, at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, early in the American Revolution
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Parliament responded to the Boston Tea Party by passing the Coercive Acts in 1774. They were unjust acts in that they intended to punish Boston and Massachusetts generally for the crime committed by a few individuals
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    The Second Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from the Thirteen Colonies that met beginning on May 10, 1775, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • American Revolution begins

    American Revolution begins
    the revolution of the American Colonies against Great Britain; 1775-1783
  • Decleration of Independence

    Decleration of Independence
    the document recording the proclamation of the second Continental Congress (4 July 1776) asserting the independence of the Colonies from Great Britain
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    it provided a legal symbol of their union by giving the central government no coercive power over the states or their citizens
  • Shays Rebellion

    Shays Rebellion
    Shays' Rebellion was an armed uprising in central and western Massachusetts (mainly Springfield) from 1786 to 1787
  • Philly Convention

    Philly Convention
    The Philadelphia Convention (now also known as the Constitutional Convention, the Federal Convention, or the "Grand Convention at Philadelphia") took place from May 25 to September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Conneticut Compromise

    Conneticut Compromise
    was an agreement between large and small states reached during the Constitutional Convention of 1787 that in part defined the legislative structure and representation that each state would have under the United States Constitution. It proposed a bicameral legislature, resulting in the current United States Senate and House of Representatives.