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List of events in American History

  • Jan 1, 1215

    Magna Carta/Great Charter

    Magna Carta/Great Charter
    King John of England agreed to this. It tried to stop a Civil War but it only cause one. In 1297 it was formallu recognised as the law.
  • Mercantilism

    Mercantilism
    This system required the government to control buisiness. It controlled selling, buying, and taxing. Throughout all of this it was considered worthwhile.
  • Jamestown Colony

    Jamestown Colony
    104 settlers sailed from London the Virginia. They went to find gold and water routes to the Oient. Established the first permanent colony.
  • House of Brugess

    House of Brugess
    The House of Burgess was the first Representative governemtn of North America. It was located in Virginia and it consisted of 22 members.
  • Plymouth Colony

    Plymouth Colony
    The Mayflower had set sail for the New World. They looked for Religious freedom. The colony was made of Pilgrams. It was first called Provincetown then it became Plymouth.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    Was signed to agree to the new government in exchange fro protection. Most of them split from the Church of England and helped establish a civil society.
  • Fundamental Orders of Connecticut

    Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
    Was the 1st written constitution in the Western tradition that made a government. Basically a prototype of the Federal Consititution. It did not envolve the king at all.
  • Culpeper's Rebellion

    Culpeper's Rebellion
    John Culpeper was the cheif executive. He had control for around 2 years and was charged and trailed for treason. This started because they thought tax money was spent imprudently.
  • Glorious Revolution

    Glorious Revolution
    This revoltion sdtarted because of King James II changing the religion. People then revolted against the Catholic religion.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    The English Bill of Rights limited the power of the monarch. It gave the citizens certain inviolable civil and politcal rights.
    *Only the year is coorect, couldn't find the actual date*
  • French & Indian War

    French & Indian War
    Also known as the Seven Years War. The colonist's needed more space so they moved over the Appalachian Mountians, which was the Indians land. They were not happy, so the started a war.
  • Salem Witch Trials

    Salem Witch Trials
    19 men and women were accused of being witches. None were actually witches but most of them were hung, 1 person was killed by stacking stones on them, and 4 died in prision.
  • First Great Awakening

    First Great Awakening
    Happened between the 1730s through the 1740s. Was a spiritual renewal in the American colonies and everyone practiced the same religion at this time. They relizied the Church of England could not control everyone.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    Was written by Ben Franklin. It was wrote for all 13 colonies to unite and fight in the French and Indian War. Although it didn't pass.
  • Proclamation Line of 1763

    Proclamation Line of 1763
    This was after the French and Indian War. It gave land from the Mississippi River to the Appalachain Moutians to the Native Americans. The line was very hard to enforce.
  • Pontiac's Rebellion

    Pontiac's Rebellion
    The Native Americans uprised against the British. It occured right after the French and Indian War. The French settlers did not wan to share guns and they built on the Indians land.
  • Sugar/Revenue Act of 1764

    Sugar/Revenue Act of 1764
    It was prposed bby the Prime Minister, George Grenville. Was a modifed verison of the sugar and molasses act. This act taxed sugar, wine, coffee, pimiento, cambric and printed calica, lumber and iron.
  • Sons of Liberty

    Sons of Liberty
    A secret organization to protest the Stamp Act. Cisbanded after the Stamp Act was replealed. Although they were no longer together, some people still used the name.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act involved taxing paper. If you was to buy paper then you would get a stamp. This isdea was propsed by the Britsih Parliament.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    These acts involved the Stamp Act (March 22, 1765), Boston Port Act ( November 1, 1765), Massachusetts Government Act ( March 31, 1774), Administration of Justice Act (May 20, 1774), and the Quebec Act (1774).
  • Virginia Resolves

    Virginia Resolves
    It was created because of the Stamp Act. Patrick Henry gave a speech that helped this issue. It contained 5 resolves in all.
  • Townsend Act

    Townsend Act
    Charles Townsehend came up with this act. The idea was to cut the land tax and start taxing the colonists. The British done this because they didn't have enought of money to supply their needs for their people and war.
  • Boston Masacre

    Boston Masacre
    A group of men came outside intoxicated and started throwing stuff at the soliders. The soliders did not do anything at first but when they head a gun shot, they opened fire no the group. Only five men were killed in the massacre.
  • Gasspee Incident

    Gasspee Incident
    John Brown planned to attack and loot the Gasspee ship. After he succesfully looted the ship, he burned the boat. Although no charges was placed on Brown, but on the captian because of illegal goods.
  • Committees of Correspondence

    Committees of Correspondence
    Formed as a means of coordination action against Great Britian. Legsilatures and the Sons of Liberty helped form this. Organized by the government.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    Since the French and Indian war, the Britsh need money. So to get more money, they decided to tax the tea thay the colonist's bought. Which of course, the colonist's got mad. They stole the tea and then they proceeded to dump the tea into the harbor.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The Tea Party was a sign of Independence from the British. It occured in Boston Harbor, on the Griffins Wharf. The colony dressed as Indians and dumped the tea into the Boston Harbor.
  • Edenton Tea Party

    Edenton Tea Party
    It is the earliest organized women's political actions. Mrs. Penelope Barker had organized it. Was against taxaton without representation. They figured since the men took action, they should too.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congress disscussed the Brisitsh Intolerable Acts and boycotted the British goods. Later on the British blocked thier access to the North Atlantic Ocean.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    They established the Continental Army and elected George Washington as the Commander in Chief. George helped bring the British out of Boston.
  • Mecklenburg Resolves

    Mecklenburg Resolves
    They gathered in Charlotte. Was a year before the Declaration of Independence was written and it is clamied to have burned in a fire sometime in the 1800s. Although it was never presented to a full assembly tpo the 2nd Continental Congress.
  • Halifax Resolves

    Halifax Resolves
    This was a forerunner of the Declaration of Independence. Was to give independence to the people. Also influenced other states.
  • Declartaion of Independence

    Declartaion of Independence
    This document made American an independant nation. John Hancock signed as the writer of this document. It is now badly faded and put up at Washington D.C.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The Articles of Confederation was agreed opon on November 15, 1777 and ratified on March 1, 1781. It served as a bridge between the government by the Continental Congress and the federal government.
  • Treaty of Paris 1783

    Treaty of Paris 1783
    The treaty ended the Revolutionary War, which ended on September 3rd, 1783. The British then regonized the indenpendant nation of the United States and it also set up new boarders.
  • Land Ordinance of 1785

    Land Ordinance of 1785
    Passed by Congress that allowed the sale of land in the North West. Set standards for the sale of land by selling by square mile.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Happened between 1786 and 1787. The farmers stood agains the government because of foreclosure on their farms.
  • Federalist/Anti-Federalist Papers

    Federalist/Anti-Federalist Papers
    Was written in the newspapers. It tried to convince people to ratify the proposed constitution and it included 85 different essays.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    55 delegats attened this but only 39 of them signed the Consititution.Their ages ranged from 26-81. This helped make the Constitution.
  • Land Ordinance of 1787

    Land Ordinance of 1787
    Helped set a new government in the North pf the Ohio River. Clamied that no one born in the North West Territory can be a slave and that religious freedom has to be observed.
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Whiskey Rebellion
    Taxed liquor by 25%. It did not bother big companies but the smaller ones started to organize a group. It was the first test of federal authority.