Major Events For Early American Government

  • Jun 10, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    It was a collection of 37 English Laws. It limited the Kings power and became the basis for English citizen's rights. King John was forced to sign it on June 10, 1215.
  • Jamestown settled

    Jamestown settled
    It was the fIrst English settlement in the New World. 104 people left London to settle in Virgina to find gold and find a water route to the Orient.
  • Mayflower Compact written

    Mayflower Compact written
    It was the first written document of the Plymouth colony. It was written by the colonists. Most wanted the freedom to practice Christianity by their own determination. It was signed on November 11 1620.
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    It is a major Enlgish constitution document. It sets out specific liberties of the subjects that the king is prohibited from infringing.
  • Enlgish Bill of Rights

    Enlgish Bill of Rights
    It was an act passed by parliament in 1689. It limited the power of the monarch. It establish Parliament as the most powerful branch of the English government.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    It was a meeting of the delegats from seven American colonies held in 1754 in Albandy, New York. Benjamin Franklin proposed a plan of unifying the colonies.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Parliament placed a stamp tax on legal papers, newspapers, pamphlets, and even playing cards in Britains North American colonies. It was parliaments first serious attempt to assert governmental authority over the colonies.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    It was a clash between Bristish troops and townspeople in Boston in 1770. The Bristish troops fired at the crowd because they were threatening them and they ended up killing five men. This was before the American Revolution.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    It was a violent demonstration in 1773 by American colonists before the American Revolution. Colonists boarded vessels in the Boston Harbor and threw cargoes of tea into the water in protest at the imposition of a tax on tea by British Parliment in which the colonist had no representation.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    It was also known as the Coercive Acts. It was a set of laws passed by British Parliament in 1774 to punish the Massachusetts colonists for resisting parliamentary authority (The Boston Tea Party).
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    It was a group of 56 delegates from the 12 colonies who met in Philadelphia. They came together to act together in response to the Intolerable Acts. They met in secret so Great Britain would not know they were united.
  • American Revolution begins

    American Revolution begins
    Tensions were growing between the British and the colonists. British troops were sent to Lexington to seize patriot arms and amunition stored in Concord. Paul Revere and William Dawes rode ahead and warned the patriots. 70 Patriots met with the English soldiers on the village green in Lexington. A shot rung out and the Revolutionary War had begun.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    It was a convention of the delegates of the 13 American colonies. They created a continental army and named George Washington as commander and chief. Out of their many discussions came the Decleration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the Marine Corps.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    It was a document declaring the US to be independent of the British crown. It was signed by the congressional representatives of the 13 colonies.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    It was the first constitution of the United States. It was created in 1777 but it was adopted in 1781. It was later repleced by the Constitution.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    It was a movement by New England Farmers desperate to be paid for their service in the Revolutionary War. Daniel Shays took charge and led an attack on a federal arsenal in massachusetts.
  • Philadelphia Convention

    Philadelphia Convention
    It is also known as the Constitutional Convention. It was a meeting of the senate and the house of representatives to consider and vote on proposed constitutional amendments.
  • Connecticut Compromise

    Connecticut Compromise
    It was an end of the conflict between small and big states. It created today's Legislative branch. It seperated the Legislative branch into two groups, the house of representatives which gave proportional representation and the senate which gave the states equal representation,
  • Constitution Convention

    Constitution Convention
    It was a meeting of the United States statements who drafted the United States Consitution. It was also called the Philadelphia Convention.