Major Events for Early American Government

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    Magna Carta was the first document forced onto an English King by a group of his subjects in an attempt to limit his powers.
  • Jamestown settled

    Jamestown settled
    The English made the first settlement to begin there colonies in the new world.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    The Mayflower Compact was written for separatist group to seek the freedom to practice Christianity according to their own determination and not the will of the English Church.
  • Petition of Rights

    Petition of Rights
    The Petition of Right is a major English constitutional document that sets out specific liberties of the subject that the king is prohibited from infringing
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    English Bill of Rights is "An Act Declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject and Settling the Succession of the Crown" is what it is what it is often called in the document.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    The Albany Plan was proposed by Benjamin Franklin at the Albany Congress in 1754 in Albany, New York to attempt to form a union of the colonies.
  • The Stamp Act

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

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was an incident that led to the deaths of five civilians at the hands of British troops.
  • Boston Tee Party

    Boston Tee Party
    The Boston Tea Party was a direct action by colonists in Boston, agiant the British. Colonists threw British cargo off there ships into the water.
  • The Intolerable Acts

    The Intolerable Acts
    The Intolerable Acts are names used to describe a series of five laws passed by the British Parliament.
  • First Continental Congress

     First Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from twelve of the thirteen North American colonies to consider options, including an economic boycott of British trade; publishing a list of rights and grievances; and petitioning King George for redress of those grievances.
  • American Revolution begins

    American Revolution begins
    The American Revolution was the political upheaval during the last half of the 18th century in which thirteen colonies in North America joined together to break free from the British Empire.
  • The Second Continental Congress

    The Second Continental Congress
    The Second Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from the Thirteen Colonies to manage the colonial war effort, and move incrementally towards independence.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress, which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    Constitution for the United States, later replaced by the creation of the current United States Constitution in 1787
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Shays' Rebellion was an armed uprising in central and western Massachusetts leed by farmers seeking debt relief.
  • Philadelphia Convention

    Philadelphia Convention
    The United States Constitutional Convention (also known as the Philadelphia Convention) was held to address problems in governing the United States of America.
  • The Connecticut Compromise

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