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Early American Government

  • Jan 1, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The Magna Carta was a established the power as not absolute monarchy and a guarantee trial by jury and the process of law to the nobility.
  • Jamestown Settled

    Jamestown Settled
    Jamestown was invovled because the Europeans were trying to avoid the Spanish, but wanted to establish an English settlement. Little did they realize that the Spanish was surrounding them.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    The Pilgrams wrote this so that they can have a right to practice Christianity, not in the will of the English Church.
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    Basically telling the king that he is prohibited from making certain liberties from the citizens.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    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
    Trying to unionize all the colonies at this time under one government.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Direct tax on British America to have everything on stamped paper and having an embossed revenue stamp. This tax help pay for the troops who were in the Seven Years War.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    A heavy British military presence in Boston led to a tense situation that boiled over between soldiers and civilians and eventually led to troops discharging their muskets after being attacked by a rioting crowd.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Also known as Coercive Acts to describe the five acts passed by Parliament to British America.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Citizen's against the british government. After refusing to return the taxed tea to britain, Americans got on a ship and threw it into the water.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    12 of the 13 colonies met up to talk about the Intolerable Acts set by the British.
  • American Revolution

    American Revolution
    The battle against British to have complete rule over themselfs.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Right after having the American Revolution the 13 colonies met up again. They made plans to move faster towards the Declaration of Indepence.
  • Declaration of Indepence

    Declaration of Indepence
    Claming that the 13 colonies were completely Indepenent.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    States retained sovereignty over all governmental functions not specifically relinquished to the national government.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Warriors were poor people crushed by debt and taxes. Daniel Shay led the rebels in the American Revolution. Made a surprise attack in western MA.
  • Philadelphia Convention

    Philadelphia Convention
    Same as the consitutional convection. Just another name for it.
  • Connecticut Compromise

    Connecticut Compromise
    was an agreement between large and small states reached during the Constitutional Convention of 1787 that in parts defined the legislative structure and representation that each state would have under the United States Constitution.
  • Constitution Convection

    Constitution Convection
    Used to address problems in governing the United States through the Articles of Confederation.