Major Events for Early American Government

  • Apr 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The Magna Carta was created to overthrow King James' ruling and to hae him govern the old English way. It was made up of 37 English laws.
  • Jamestown settled

    Jamestown settled
    The first successful English settlement in North America. it was named after King James the 1st of England. It was founded in the colony of Virginia.
  • Mayflower Compact written

    Mayflower Compact written
    The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. It was written by William Bradford and was signed by 41 of the ship's 101 passengers.
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    Constitutional document that stated certain liberties that the King prohibited. The document was signed by Charles the 1st.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    The bill limited the powers of sovereign and set of the rights of Parliament. It reflected the belief of John Locke.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    It was proposed by Ben Franklin in front of Congress. He was attempting to form a union among the Colonies.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Act was passed by British Parliament and was a new tax on American colonist. The tax required Americans to pay a tax on every piece of printed paper they used.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    5 colonists died (killed by British soldiers.) The colonists wanted to break away from English, but they wouldn't let them.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    American colonists boarded ships in Boston and threw cargoes of tea in the surrounding water. They were protesting the tax on tea by the British Parliament.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Series of laws that were sponsored Lord North of Britain. They were in response to the Boston Tea Party.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    A group of 56 deligates from 12 colonies (excluding Georgia) that came together to discuss the Intolerable Acts. Their metting was secret because they didn't want Britain to know they were united.
  • American Revolution begins

    American Revolution begins
    It started from tensions between the residents of the 13th colonies and teh government (representing Britain). British troops and colonial miltiamen had an armed conflict in Lexington and Concord.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    This meeting of the Continental Congress created the Continental Army. George Washington was the commander-in-chief.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    It was a formal explanation of why Congress had voted to declare independence from Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson was selected to compose the original draft.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    (ratified and in-force March 1,1781) A commitee of deligates was formed to represent each state and Congress. They were responsible for foreign affairs, declaring war or peace, maintining an army/navy, ect. It eventually led to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    It was an uprising in Massachusetts, named after Daniel Shays. Post-revolutionary clash between New England farmers and merchants that threatened to plunge the colonies into a civil war.
  • Philadelphia Convention

    Philadelphia Convention
    Statesmen met to discuss problemsin governing the U.S.A. They intended to revise the Articles of Confederation but they also created a new government.
  • Constitution Convention

    Constitution Convention
    A convention held by statesmen to discuss the government of the U.S. The U.S. Constitution was drawn up at this convention.
  • Connecticut Compromise

    Connecticut Compromise
    An Agreement between large and small states reached during the Philadelphia Convention in 1787. It ensured the support by both of the small and large states for a strong central government. It is also known as the Great Compromise.