Road to the Constitution Timeline

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The Magna Carta was signed by King John, being one of the most important document in Medieval England.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    The purpose of the Mayflower Compact was to ensure that the settlers who came off the Mayflower and landed at Plymouth Rock would establish a fair government ruled by majority.
  • Petition of Rights

  • King George III

    King George III
    The declaration of American independence on 4 July 1776, the end of the war with the surrender by British forces in 1782, and the defeat which the loss of the American colonies represented, could have threatened the Hanoverian throne. His political influence could be decisive
  • French & Indian War.

    French & Indian War.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act was passed in 1765 and required people to pay taxes on all pieces of paper that were printed. Some of the items that were passed were licenses, legal documents, a ship's papers, and playing cards. Colonial leaders were particularly concerned as the stamp tax was the first internal tax to be levied on the colonies. Also, the act stated that admiralty courts would have jurisdiction over offenders. This was viewed as an attempt by Parliament to lessen the power of the colonial court
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre *growing out of the anger against the British troops sent to Boston to maintain order and to enforce the Townshend Acts.
  • Boston Tea Party

    *Son's of Liberty
  • Intolerable Acts

    Caused by the Boston Tea Party Closed Boston's port until reparation was made for the Boston Tea Party. It also restricted town meetings in the colony and took away several of Massachusetts' chartered rights.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
  • Lexington and Concord

    Started a shooting war between the British and the American Patriots British: Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith
    Colonist: Captain John Parker & Colonel James Barrett "The British are coming!" called Paul Revere. He warmed everyone that the British were on their way for the fight.
  • Second Continental Congress

    The second Continental Congress met on May 10, 1775 at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia Pennsylvania The Second Continental Congress is organizing an army and planning on appointing George Washington as commander in chief.
    * Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, & George Washington
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in American history. The Declaration of Independence is an important part of American democracy because first it contains the ideals or goals of our nation. Second it contains the complaints of the colonists against the British king. Third, it contains the arguments the colonists used to explain why they wanted to be free of British rule.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The first president under this article was John Hanson.
  • Start of Constitutional Convention

    * Delegates to the Constitutional Convention begin to assemble in Philadelphia to confront a daunting task: the peaceful overthrow of the new American government as defined by the Article of Confederation
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights