Events leading to the Constitution

  • Jun 23, 1215

    Magna Carta

    The Magna Carta was signed between the barons of medival England and King John. It was signed at Runnymede near Windsor Castle. The Magna Carta declared that the King would govern England and deal with its people according to the customd of feudal law.
  • Mayflower Compact

    The purpose of the Mayflower compact was to prevent dissent amongst Puritans and non-separatist pilgrims who had landed at Plymouth a few days earlier.
  • Petition of Rights

    No taxes levied, no soldires quartered with citizens. It was signed by Charles I.
  • English Bill of Rights

    William and Mary was involved in the signing of this document. This bill declared the Ten Amendments: 1. Freedom of speech,press,religion and petition/2. Right to bear arms/3. Conditions for quarters of soldiers/4. Right of search and seizure regulated/5. Provions concerning prosocution/6. Right to speedy trial,witnesses,etc/7. Right to trial by jury/8. Excessive bail, cruel punishment/9. Rule of construction of constitution/10. Rights of the states under constitution.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    The plan was suggested by Benjamin Franklin. Eventually it did happen but there were modifications and adjustments.
  • King GeorgeIII takes power

  • French and Indian war

    The major powers of this war were Great Britian, France and American Indians.The major battles were the battle of Quebec, Fort Oswego, Fort William henry and the battle of Quiberon bay. Britian was the dominant colonial power in the eastern part of the united states. Britian lost political power.
  • Stamp act

    Items taxed were ships papers, legal documents, license, newspapers and playing cards. Colonial leaders began to smuggle.
  • Boston Massacre

    There were 5 colonist in this event. It happened when British were forced to defend themselves from angry colonist.
  • Boston Tea Party

    The event was organized by the Libertarian party. King GeorgeIII reacted by passing the intolerable acts.
  • Intolerable acts

    The Boston tea party caused the British to pass this act. It was considered punishment.
  • First Continental Congress

    Some major people involved in the first continental congress were George Washington, John Adams Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. At the first meeting the Intolerable acts were established it was held at Carpenters hall in Philadelphia.
  • Lexington and Concord

    The battle of Lexinton and Concord resulted in the begining of the Revolutionary war. William Howe and Henery Clinton were major generals in this battle. You may remember the saying "the british are coming" said by Paul Revere.
  • DEclaration of Independance

  • Articals of Confedaration

    The first president under these articals was John Hanson.
  • Start of the constitutional convention