AP Government

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    Established that the King could be overruled.
  • Jamestown Settled

    Jamestown Settled
    The first successful English Settlement in America, founded for quick money in gold and a permanent foothold for Britain in North America.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    This document gave the separatists the right to freely practice Christianity.
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    A major English constitutional document that states that the king is prohibited from infringing.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    A bill that laid out basic civil and political rights to Englishmen, which are still in effect today.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    Benjamin Franklin's attempt to unite the 13 colonies.
  • American Revolution Begins

    American Revolution Begins
    The time when the colonies all united to finally break free of British Rule.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    A direct tax imposed by the British Parliament specifically on the colonies of British America.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    A resistance to the Townshend Acts, in which 5 civilians were killed by British soldiers who were attacked by a crowd.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    A resistance movement by the colonists, sparked by a tax that England put on their tea.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    A series of 5 laws made by Britain, aimed towards British colonies.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    A meeting of 12 delegates from the 13 colonies, which resulted in a compact of British goods, and providing for a Second Continental Congress.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    A second convention of the colonie's delegates, slowly moving towards independence, and eventually adopting the Declaration of Independence.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    This document declared the independence of the Colonies from British rule, becoming the United States.
  • Shay's Rebellion begins

    Shay's Rebellion begins
    An armed uprising from 1776-1777, mostly made of farmers who were crushed by taxes and heavy debt.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    First Constitution in America that specified how the government was to operate.
  • Philadelphia Convention

    Philadelphia Convention
    Intended to revise the Articles of Confederation, this convention eventually resulted in the US Constitution.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    A convention in which problems regarding America's government, resulting in the US Constitution
  • Connecticut Compromise

    Connecticut Compromise
    A compromise that stated a legislative structure and representation that the states would have under the US Constitution