Signers of declaration of independence

Major Events for Early American Government

  • Jan 1, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    English document that moved power from the king to parliament. This document helped to give people more control over the government and to stop the king from being corrupt.
  • Jamestown Settled

    Jamestown Settled
    The goal of the settlement of Jamestown was qucik money by mining gold and getting a foothold in the new world by england. The first colony was successfully established after at least 18 failed attempts.
  • Mayflower Compact Written

    Mayflower Compact Written
    Due to a change of location, the colonists had no real government and decided to make their own. Several had left England in order to escape the Church of England and had no qualms with writing their own constitution.
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    This English document set forth the rights of people that the king could not infringe upon. It provided for the people with rules that kept the king from inflicting martial law in a time of peace. It also gave them the writ of habeas corpus, keeping people from being imprisoned without known charges.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    This document expresses the freedoms that english men have from their constitutional monarchy. The ideals expressed in this document were inspired by the english philosopher John Locke.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    The Albany Plan of Union, Proposed by Benjamin Franklin, would have givenmore power to colonists to rule and tax themselves. The colonists and the Crown did not trust in this ideal, colonists were suspicious of central taxing, and the king was suspicious of revolution.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The stamp act was created to help Great Britain pay off its war debt. They taxed paper for legal documents, newspapers, and letters, this angered many colonists due to the fact that they had no represenatives in parliament.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Due to heavy millitary involvement in Boston many people began skirmishes with the British soldiers. Soldiers retaliated by firing into a rioting crowd killing five citizens.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    In a rebellious action angry colonials snuck onto a British ship while dressed as native americans and dumped tea off of it into the river. Colonists had become angry at the recent tea tax and decided to take a stand against Britain.
  • Intolerable acts

    Intolerable acts
    These were five acts passed by parliament to make an example of Massachusetts. These acts altered the Massachusetts government, closed the boston port, and made all colonists open their houses to British soldiers.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    Held at Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia, the political leaders met in response to the Intolerable Acts. 56 delegates came from every colony except Georgia to petition King George.
  • American Revolution Begins

    American Revolution Begins
    The revolution was a response to high taxes and imposing governmental rule on the colonies. After Britain refused to give colonies representation and refused to listen to their complaints about the unfair laws the colonies rose up and fought back.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    This meeting took place in Philadelphia much like the first, they met to discuss the revolutionary war. Once again Georgia did not send any delegates, but St. Paul's Parish in Georgia did.
  • Declaration of Independance

    Declaration of Independance
    This document listed grievances of the colonies had with the British government. By signing this declaration the colonies broke away from Britain and declared themselves independant.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The Articles of Confederation was the first constitution adopted by the United States. The Articles however proved to have many flaws, such as its lack of a tax base.
  • Shays Rebellion

    Shays Rebellion
    Daniel Shays was a revolutionary war veteran who started a multitude of uprisings in central and western Massachusetts. Many farmers were angry over the country's debt and high taxes, courts had began to take their farms from them and the farmers stood up and fought.
  • Philadelphia Convention

    Philadelphia Convention
    Delegates from the states met to revise the Articles of Confederation. Instead however they wrote a new constitution to replace the old one.
  • Conneticut Compromise

    Conneticut Compromise
    While working on flaws in the government a debate over the legislature broke out. Many people believed that states should be represented equally, others believed that higher populations should have more represenatives. The Conneticut Compromise split the Congress into the House of Represenatives (based on population) and the Senate (each state gets two senators).
  • Constitution Convection

    Constitution Convection
    In Philelphia delegates replaced the flawed Articles of Confederation with our current constitution. It fixed several flaws and created a more united nation instead of divided states.