Early American Government

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The 1215 Charter required King John of England to proclaim certain liberties, and accept that his will was not arbitrary. This means that people were given a right to their own belongings.
  • Jamestown Settled

    Jamestown Settled
    This was when the colonists chose the site of Jamestown Island to build a three-sided fort. These were the first origins of the United States.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    This was drawn up by governor William Bradford on the Mayflower. It made peace among the colonists on the ship.
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    This was a statement of civil liberties sent by the english parliament. This forced colonists to house soldiers since the economy was not flourishing.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    This was a bill of rights forced upon the colonies. This was by British parliament.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    This was a developed union after the power struggle between France and England over the colonies. The union resided between the colonies.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    This was a new tax imposed on all american colonists. They had to pay a tax on all paper they used.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    This was the killing of five colonists by british soldiers. This caused a huge rebellion from the colonists,
  • Intolerable acts

    Intolerable acts
    This was after the French and Indian war. Higher taxes were forced upon the colonies.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    When officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, this caused a uproar among colonists. They then boarded the ships and proceeded to throw the tea into the harbor.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The first meeting was with twelve of the thirteen colonies. They wanted to right the wrongs that had been inflicted on the colonies.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    The second Continental congress started right after the battle of Lexington and Concord. The Egland militia were still trying to drive out British, so they established militia at the second Continental Congress.
  • Declaration of Independece

    Declaration of Independece
    This was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress. It announced that the thirteen American colonies that were at war with Great Britain were now independent states.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The articles of Confederation were first thought of July 1775. Although, this was not fully adopted by every state until march 1, 1781. This was the beginning of the United States of America.
  • American Revolution

    American Revolution
    This was the final severance of ties with Britain. The declaration of Independence was issued.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    This was a clash between New England Farmers, and Merchants. This lead to the creation of the Constitution.
  • Connecticut Comprimise

    Connecticut Comprimise
    This is known as the Great Compromise. It allowed equal representation of small and large states.
  • Constitution Convention

    Constitution Convention
    This was also known as the Philadelphia Convention. The point of this was to address problems in governing the United States of America.
  • Philadelphia Convention

    Philadelphia Convention
    Also known as the Constitutional Convention. 55 delegates from the states met and started establishing a Constitution.