Government Chapter 2 Timeline

  • Period: Sep 7, 1200 to

    Government Chapter 2 Timeline

  • Sep 7, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The Magna Carta is a document that was signed in 1215. King John John of England was forced to sign it because people wanted him to govern by the old English Laws. This document is considered the beginning of a constitutional England.
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    A petition that was sent to King Charles I from Parliament. They were complaining that he had breached the law through four different acts. These acts were taxation without consent of the Parliament, imprisonment without cause, quartering of soldiers on subjects, and martial law during peacetime. They sought to revoke or change all of these in order to maintain balance.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    This document set strict limits on the Royal Family's legal power. It also limited the right to raise money through taxation. This document was given the Royal Assent which represented that there was no longer divine right of kings.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    The Albany Plan of Union basically said that there would be a President and Grand Council that would be chosen by the people. It also set out how long until the next voting period began and how long someone could hold a position.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    This event was the killing of 5 colonists by British men. They were murdered because of the tension between the two groups since more British troops began arriving.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    Officials had refused to return the taxed tea back to Britain so a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed all of the tea by throwing it into the Harbor.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    They met in Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia from September 5th to October 26 in 1774. All colonies sent delegates except for Georgia. At this meeting, the colonies agreed that there was united determination to overthrow Britain rule within the colonies. A lot of the colonies were split into two with what action or route they wanted to take next.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    The Second meeting was held on May 6, 1775. At this meeting, they established the militia as the Continental Army to represent all thirteen states. They also elected George Washington as the Commander-in-Chief to this army.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4th, 1776. It announced that all 13 colonies declared themselves as independent states and they were no longer a part of the British Empire.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    This article represents the first constitutional agreement between all 13 colonies. This article gave 1 vote for each state, the right of federal government to dispose of public lands in the West, and the appointment of taxes according to the population.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    This rebellion was an armed uprising in central and western Massachusetts. The rebellion lasted a total of 5-6 months. The rebellion is named after Daniel Shay, a verteran in the war who fought at The Battle of Lexington, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and The Battle of Saratoga.
  • Virginia Plan

    Virginia Plan
    It was also known as the Randolph Plan. This plan called for a two house legislature which gave representation to each state depending upon wealth or population. This plan was accepted and put into use after the convention.
  • New Jersey Plan

    New Jersey Plan
    This plan was also proposed at a convention like the Virginia Plan. It basically wanted each state to have at least one vote in a Unicameral Congress.
  • Philadelphia Convention

    Philadelphia Convention
    This was also known as the Constitutional Convention. It basically addressed problems within the United States government which was still operating under the Articles of Confederation. They had an idea to create a brand new government instead of fixing the current one. The result of this convention was the birth of the United States Constitution.