Events for the Constitution

  • Mayflower Compact signed

    he Mayflower Compact was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony
  • Formation of the New England Confederation

    Short-lived military alliance based offf English colonies of Massachusetts, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Haven
  • Albany Plan of Union announced

    An early attempt at forming a union of the colonies "under one government as far as might be necessary for defense and other general important purposes"
  • Articles of Confederation Signed

    An agreement among the 13 founding states that established the United States of America.
  • Spain closes Mississippi river

    Spain had its eyes on the American southwest, by closing the mouth of the Mississippi River
  • Newburgh Conspiracy

    Negotiations for a formal peace treaty had begun in Paris.
  • Treaty of Paris

    The Treaty of Paris, signed on September 3, 1783, ended the American Revolutionary War.
  • Bill of rights sent to the states for ratification

  • Land Ordinance of 1785

    A resolution written by Thomas Jefferson calling for Congress to take action.
  • Ordinance of Religious Freedom

    A statement about both freedom of conscience and the principle of separation of church and state.
  • Shays' Rebellion

    An armed uprising.
  • Annapolis convention

    Meeting of 12 delegates from five states that unanimously called for a constitutional convention.
  • Massachusetts ratifies Constitution

    Massachusetts was the sixth state to do so.
  • northwest ordinance of 1787

    An act of the Congress of the Confederation of the United States.
  • Constitutional Convention opens

    To address problems in governing the United States of America.
  • The great compromise agreed

    An agreement made among the delegates that the American government would have two houses in Congress.
  • Delaware ratifies

    First state to ratify the Constitution, doing so by a unanimous vote.
  • Anti Fedrealist papers appear

  • Federalists Papers appear

  • Contitution sent to the states for ratification

    A great debate took place throughout America over the Constitution that had been proposed.
  • New Hampshire ratifies Constitution

    New Hampshire was the ninth state to do so.
  • Congress meets for the first time

  • George Washington elected president

    First president.
  • Bill of Rights ratified

    Collective name for the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.