Early American Government

  • Sep 9, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    Was a document that limited the power of the monarchy in England. It claimed liberties for the subjects and the King's will could not be arbitrary.
  • Jamestown settled

    Jamestown settled
    The first English Settlement in the Americas. It almost failed because the survival rate was 30%
  • Mayflower Compact written

    Mayflower Compact written
    It was the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony. It was written because the location was changed from the intended one and some settlers felt that changed th government too.
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    It states the rights that the king is not allowed to infringe on. It also states how parliment is in control of taxes.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    A restatment of the Declaration of Right. It illustrates rights English countrymen were entitled.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    This plan was proposed by Benjamin Franklin. He wanted to organize a committee to discuss becoming an independent nation.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    A tax on documents that required a stamp. The tax was heavily enforced on the British colonies.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    In boston, citizen's harassed soldiers by throwing snowballs at them in protest of the Townshend Acts. The soldiers then fired apon the croud killing five people.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Three ships of tea arrived in Boston but the Royal Governer wouldn't allow the tea to be returned. In defiance Boston citizens dumped the tea into the harbor.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    A series of five acts enacted in response to the Boston Tea Party. The Acts angered the colonies and made them question their loyalties to england.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    Was calleed in response to the intollerable act. Representatives suggested boycotting British goods.
  • American Revolution begins

    American Revolution begins
    The colonists and the English began a battle on a field in Lexington. The colonists used Guerrilla warfare to fight the "red coats."
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Was called after the start of the revolutionary war. Disscussed the war tactics and breifly about a constitution.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    Declared the colonies free from English Rule. Was written by Thomas Jefferson and sets up the system of government we use today.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    Was the United States first constitution. It was written by representatives of the States toset up a government for their new nation.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    A rebellion in central Massachusetts led by Daniel Shay. The regulators attacked courthouses in protest of being forclosed on.
  • Philadelphia Convention

    Philadelphia Convention
    Called to fix the Articles of Confederation. The result was that they wrote the current constitution of the United States.
  • Constitution Convention

    Constitution Convention
    The Constitution Convention was when they debated what would be in the constitution like the plan of congress. The small states liked an idea of two houses based off of an equal number called the New Jersey plan but the big states liked an idea of two houses based off of the population. In the end they came to the Great Compromise. This plan made one house population and one house an equal number from each state.
  • Connecticut Compromise

    Connecticut Compromise
    The compromise between the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan. It determined representation in Congress and the Senate.