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  • Jan 1, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The Magna Carter was an English charter requiring King John to grant people such rights as liberty. People could only be punished through the law of the land which is still in effect today.
  • Jamestown Settled

    Jamestown Settled
    Jamestown was settled by English settlers known as the London Company, later to named the Virginia Company. It was one of the originial eight shires of Virginia.
  • Mayflower compact Written

    Mayflower compact Written
    It was the first governining document of Plymouth. It was drawn up by the Pilgrims.
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    The Petition of Right was passed by the English Parliament and one of it's focuses was the writ of habeus corpus. It was an english constitutional document that set boundaries for which the Enlighs king could not infringe upon.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    It was a re-statement of the Declaration of Right. It declared certain rights citizens were given.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    The Albany Plan of Union was an effort set forth by Benjamin Franklin to unite the colonies under a single government. He proposed it at the Albany Congress in 1754.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    It was a direct deposit imposed by Bristish Parliament on the thirteen colonies. It required printed material to be written of stamped paper from the British and have an embossed stamp.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    It was a revolt of the colonists in Boston towards the British goverment. They boarded three ships stocked with British taxed tea and began throwing it overboard.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Five laws enacted by English Parliament affecting the British colonies in America. They were pertinent to the American Revolution.
  • First Continetal Congress

    First Continetal Congress
    It was a convention of delegates where 12 out of the 13 states were present. They met at Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and contemplated a British boycott and creating a list of rights and grievences.
  • American Revolution begins

    American Revolution begins
    The american Revolution was an effort by the thirteen colonies to break free from British rule. The British responded by sending in troops to try and block the effort.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Convention in Philadephia, Pennyslvania where delegates from all thriteen colonies were present. They met shortly after the start of the American revolutionary War. They looked toward war effort and the Declaration of Independance.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The Articles of Confederation was the first constitution established for the United States. It was created by the second Continental Congress.
  • Declaration of Independance

    Declaration of Independance
    It established that the thirteen colonies, that were at the time involved in a war with Great Britain, were indpendant states. We celebrate Indpendance Day on July 4.
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    Shay's Rebellion

    It was a revolt headed by Daniel Shays who was angered by the high prices to own a farm and the fact that they were being inprisoned and their land was taken by the government. they worked to prevent the courts from taking the land.
  • Connecticut Compromise

    Connecticut Compromise
    It established the United States Senate and the House of Representatives. It also was the agreement small and large states came to to decide upon state representation.
  • Philadelphia Convention

    Philadelphia Convention
    It was a convention that was directed towards the problems facing the United States since it's indepence from Britain and the rule under the adopted Articles of Confederation. Rather then fixing the existing governement some opted to establish a new one.
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    Constitution Convention

    Washington was elected to head the convention. This convention is considered one the most important in our country's history because it was were the United States Constitution was constructed.