Foundations Of Government

  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    Britian won both the French and Indian War, Britian then gained control of Canada and Ohio Valley, which were both formly claimed by France.
  • The Sugar Act

    The Sugar Act
    The Sugar Act was passed by the English Parliment because of war debt from the French and Indian war.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    In 1765 to make colonies pay some costs to the British government, the Stamp Act was passed. The Stamp said that Americans must buy stamps for deeds, mortgages, liquor licenses, playing cards, almanacs, and newspapers.
  • Quartering Act

    Quartering Act
    In January, the New York assembly refuses to completely comply with Gen. Gage's request to enforce the Quartering Act.
  • Townshend Revenue Acts

    Townshend Revenue Acts
    The English Parliament passes the Townshend Revenue Acts, imposing a new series of taxes on the colonists to offset the costs of administering and protecting the American colonies. Items taxed include imports such as paper, tea, glass, lead and paints.
  • Governor of Massachusetts

    Governor of Massachusetts
    Governor of Massachusetts dissolves the general court after the legislature defies his order to revoke Adams' circular letter.
  • San Diego

    San Diego
    The territory of California, San Diego is founded by Franciscan Friar Junipero Serra.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Protests flared because of the Stamp Act. During a protest troops shot and killed 5 people.
  • Battle Of Alamance

    Battle Of Alamance
    In North Carolina the Battle Of Alamance took place.
  • Schooner

    aABritish customs schooner, the Gaspee, runs aground off Rhode Island in Narragansett Bay. Colonists from Providence row out to the schooner and attack it, set the British crew ashore, then burn the ship. In September, a 500 pound reward is offered by the English Crown for the capture of those colonists, who would then be sent to England for trial. The announcement that they would be sent to England further upsets many American colonists.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    British Parliment tried to force a tax on tea. 3 ships had pulled into the Boston Harbor with the first loads of taxted tea, dressing as Indians colonists emptied 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    After the Intolerable Acts were past, flaming the colonies anger more, The First Continental Congress gathered in Philidalphia and called for a peaceful opposition to British Policies.
  • Militias

    Militias from Massachusetts fought against the British troops in battles in Lexington and Concord. Starting, the American Revolution.
  • Declaration Of Independance

    Declaration Of Independance
    The Congress formed a committee of 5 men: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Ben Franklin, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston. Jefferson wrote the first draft. There were 2 ideas, the first was to protect the right of the people, Life, Liberty, and The Purrsuit Of Happiness. The second, is that the gov derive their powers from the consent of the governed.
  • Virgina Declaration of Rights

    Virgina Declaration of Rights
    State constitutions were starting, and the first was the Virgina Declaration of Rights. It was a model for all other states and later the Bill Of Rights.
  • Articles Of Confederation

    Articles Of Confederation
    After independance was declared, Congress had a committee to prepare a plan of government, the Articles Of Confederation. Which was then sent to the states for radification.
  • The Battle of Monmouth

    The Battle of Monmouth
    The Battle of Monmouth occurs in New Jersey as Washington's troops and Gen. Clinton's troops fight to a standoff. On hearing that American Gen. Charles Lee had ordered a retreat, Gen. Washington becomes furious. Gen. Clinton then continues on toward New York.
  • Morristown, New Jersey

     Morristown, New Jersey
    George Washington sets up winter quarters at Morristown, New Jersey, where his troops will suffer another harsh winter without desperately needed supplies, resulting in low morale, desertions and attempts at mutiny.
  • Charleston

    The worst American defeat of the Revolutionary War occurs as the British capture Charleston and its 5400-man garrison (the entire southern American Army) along with four ships and a military arsenal. British losses are only 225.
  • Articles Of Confederation

    Articles Of Confederation
    Articles Of Confederation was approved.
  • George Washington

    George Washington
    An officer wrote a letter to George Washington, many believe he was strong enough to govern the u.s. He wanted a monarchy. Washington declined thd idea of having a monarchy.
  • American democracy

    American democracy
    General Washington gathers his officers and talks them out of a rebellion against the authority of Congress, and in effect preserves the American democracy.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The Treaty of Paris is ratified by Congress. And The Revolutionary War officially ends.
  • Land Ordinance of 1785

    Land Ordinance of 1785
    Congress passes the Land Ordinance of 1785 which divides the northwest territories into townships, each set at 6 square miles, subdivided into 36 lots of 640 acres each, with each lot selling for no less than $640.
  • Articles is failing

    Articles is failing
    The leaders of the government under the Articles wasn't working. Representatives met in Annapolis, Maryland to discuss trade issues. They called a meeting to meet in Philedalphia the next year.
  • Northwest Ordinance

    Northwest Ordinance
    The law established procedures for creating new states in the Northwest, It was a model for all the other states that later entered the Union.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    Deglagates from each state (but Rhode Island) met in Pennsylavania state hourse in Philadelphia, where the Declaration Of Independance was signed. 2 of them were Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Roger Sherman, and James Madison. Samuel Adams and Patrick Henry thought it was suspicous to strenghten the central government and did not attend. Madison played the bigges role.
  • New Jersey Plan

    New Jersey Plan
    William Paterson introduced a new approach. The New Jersey plan proposed a series of amendments to the Articles Of Confederation. The changes would create a more powerful government with a unicameral, a one a house legislature, all states had equal repensentation.
  • Constitution

    After months, on sept 17 1787 the u.s constitution was signed by 39 of the 42 deglagates.
  • Constitution Ratification

    Constitution Ratification
    Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey had ratified the constitution. By the summer all but 2 states had ratified.
  • New York Parade

    New York Parade
    Federalist organazied a parade for support after New York was to vote on ratification.
  • North Carolina

    North Carolina
    North Carolina joined the Union.
  • Election

    The date for the first presidential election was made. The winner was George Washington.
  • San Diego

    San Diego
    The territory of California, San Diego is founded by Franciscan Friar Junipero Serra.
  • Solem Oath

    Solem Oath
    George Washigton repeated the solem oath with his hand on the bible.
  • Rhode Island

    Rhode Island
    Rhode Island joined the Union.
  • BIll Of Rights

    BIll Of Rights
    By the summer of 1790 9 states had approved at least 10 of the amendments.
  • Vermont

    Vermont becamse the 14th state of the Union.
  • Virginia

    Virginia became the 11th state to ratify the bill of rights.
  • fail to ratify

    fail to ratify
    Georgia, Massachusetts, and Connecticut failed to ratify the bill of rights.