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Major Events for Early American Government

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    A charter established that the power of the monarchy was not absolute and guaranteed trial by jury and due process of law to the nobility.
  • Jamestown Settled

    Jamestown Settled
    Jamestown, Virgina, the first sucessful English settlement was founded by English settlers searching for new land.
  • Mayflower Compact was written

    Mayflower Compact was written
    The pilgrims signed the mayflower compact. It was an agreement between English settlers and the Indian tribes that already lived on the land.
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    A document prepared by Parliment and signed by King Charles I of England in 1628.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    Document written by Parliament and agreed on by William and Mary of England in 1689.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    The plan proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1754 that aimed to unite the 13 colonies for trade, military, and other purposes.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    This law required the use of tax stamps on all legal documents, on certain business agreements, and on newspapers.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    British troops in Boston fired on a cheering crowd, killing five people.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    A group of men, disguised as Natiive Americans, boarded three tea ships in Boston Harbor.
  • American Revolution Begins

    American Revolution Begins
    The political and social developments of America's independence, including the origins and aftermath of the war.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    These new laws prompted widespread calls for a meeting of the colonies.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from twelve of the thirteen North American colonies that met on September 5, 1774, at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    the 1775 congress of the colonies that established an army.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    Plan of government adopted by the ontinental Congress after the American Revolution.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Articles of Confederation, the nations first constitution, created "a firm league of friendship" among the thirteen states.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Shays' Rebellion was an armed uprising in central and western Massachusetts (mainly Springfield) from 1786 to 1787.Daniel Shay who had served as an officer in the War for Independence led an armed unrising that forced several State judges to close their courts.
  • Philadelphia Convention

    Philadelphia Convention
    The Philadelphia Convention (now also known as the Constitutional Convention, the Federal Convention, or the "Grand Convention at Philadelphia") took place from May 25 to September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to address problems in governing the United States of America
  • Constitution Convention

    Constitution Convention
    In mid February of 1787, seven states had sent delegates to the Philidelphia meeting to devise a constituation that sets out a plan to build a government. This meeting became known as the Constitutional convention.
  • Connecticut Compromise

    Connecticut Compromise
    Agreement during the Constitutional Convention that Congress should be composed of a Senate in which states would be represented equally, and a House, in which representation would be based on a States population.