Major Events of Early American Government

By jjdinho
  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    With this document, a new structure of government is created that limits a king's power. Our modern day U.S. Constitution is based upon it.
  • Jamestown Settled

    Jamestown Settled
    A British attempt of early North American colonization, settled in Virginia. It evetually prospered.
  • Mayflower Compact Written

    Mayflower Compact Written
    A constitution formed by and for the Plymouth Colonists. It is sometimes considered one of the foundations of todays U.S. Constitution.
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    A petition sent to the English king by parliment that refused funding. A significant act, establishing the idea of what we know today as check and balances.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    A bill set by English Parliament that determined certain rights for its people. This is an important event dealing with peoples' natural rights. This inspired our Bill of Rights.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    A meeting of representatives from 7 states, the topic was unity. As Benjamin Franklin said, "Join or Die."
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    An act trying to prove Britain's grasp of the new colonies. The act was not supported by the colonists.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    British soldiers kill 5 civilians in Boston. Tempers were flairing and tension was at an all time high.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Americans threw British tea into the Boston Harbour in rebellion against taxes. This sparked more dissent towards Great Britain.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Laws past by parliement that were deemed absolutely unreasonable by the colonists. These acts marked the decline of loyalty to to Britain.
  • First Congressional Congress

    First Congressional Congress
    The First Congressional Congress was a meeting of representatives from 12 of the 13 states. This meeting showed significant unity of the states.
  • American Revolution Begins

    American Revolution Begins
    The shot that was heard around the world. America begins their physical fight for freedom against Great Britain.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    This was a meeting of representatives from every state. They discussed the Revolutionary War and determined what action was to be taken.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    In this document, the colonies declared themselves a new and free country- the United States of America. The signers of this document were putting themselves at great risk, they were signing their lives away for freedom.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The first constitution ratified by the United States. Later on the Articles of Confederation proved to have imperfections and was eventually replaced by our U.S. Constitution.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Rebellion of farmers that attacked court houses throughout Massechusetts. The rebellion declined to an end shortly after the death of Shay.
  • Constitution Convention

    Constitution Convention
    This was a fourth-month-long meeting by representatives of all states. They worked on the structural government of their new nation.
  • Connecticut Compromise

    Connecticut Compromise
    A plan in which Congress should execute equal representation, and representation based on population. It was a cross between the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan.
  • Philidelphia Convention

    Philidelphia Convention
    Convention where the Constitution was formed and signed. Every state had delegates at this convention.