Major Events for Early American Government

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The document accepted by King John of England in 1215 which contained a set of laws establishing the right of English barons.
  • Mayflower Compact written

    Mayflower Compact written
    Signed aboard the May-flower in 1620 by the ship's forty-one free adult men, served as the basis for Plymouth Colony's government throughout its history.
  • Jamestown settled

    Jamestown settled
    It was the First English colony in America to survive and become permanent. It was later the capital of Virginia and the site of the House of Burgesses.
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    A statment of civil liberties sent by Parliment to Charles I complaing of a series of breches of law. It sought reginition of four principles.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    Bill of Rights A declaration of certain rights of subjects, enacted by the English Parliament in 1689
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    A plan proposed by Ben Franklin in 1754 in Albany, New York, It was an attempt at forming a union of the colonies.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    First direct British tax on American colonists. Instituted in November, 1765. Every newspaper, pamphlet, and other public and legal document had to have a Stamp, or British seal, on it.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    An outbreak in Boston against British troops, after provicated, in which a few citizens were killed.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Incident in 1773 were Americans patriots dressed as Indians threw 342 chests of tea from three British ships into the harbor.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Four punitive measures enacted by the British Parliament against the American colonies. They were an attempt to punish Massachusetts for the Boston Tea Party.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congress was a group of 56 delegates from 12 colonies who met in Philadelphia in September of 1774.
  • American Revolution beings

    American Revolution beings
    The war between the American colonies and Great Britain, leading to the formation of the independent United States.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    The second Congress managed the colonial war effort, and moved incrementally towards independence, adopting the United States Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    the document recording the proclamation of the 2nd American Continental Congress asserting the independence of the colonies from Great Britain
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    An agreement made by the original 13 states in 1777 establishing a confederacy and, as well, indepentdence from Great Britian. Ratified in 1781.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    An uprising by Massachusetts farmers led by former Revolutionary War leader, chief among them Daniel Shays, against the harsh treatment of debtors by the courts in 1786.
  • Philadelphia Convention

    Philadelphia Convention
    Assembly that drafted the Constitution of the United States. All states but Rhode Island sent delegates in response to a call by the Annapolis Convention for a meeting in Philadelphia to amend the Articles of Confederation.
  • Connecticut Compromise

    Connecticut Compromise
    Also known as the Great Compromise. It was a compromise adopted at the Constitutional Convention, providing the states with equal representation in the Senate and proportional representation in the House of Representatives.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    Convention called in 1787 to discuss problems with the current government document, the Articles of Confederation. The result was a new form of government, the Constitution. Delegates from all over the colonies attended, and they struggled with competing concerns of large-population states and small-population states.