Major Events for Early American Government

  • Jul 1, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The Magna Carta was one of the first political documents of its kind. It was the first document to limit the power of the English King and established in writing for the first time the basic rights of its citizens. It inspired many things written in our own constitution.
  • Jamestown Settlement

    Jamestown Settlement
    This was the first successful English settlement in America, and was named after King James II
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    A document that passangers aboard a ship to America created to have a basic government once they arrived.
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    This was another significant British document that layed out basic rights of British citizens that the King cannot touch.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    This was an inspiration behind the American Bill of Rights, it lays out basic rights that all citizens should be entitled to.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    This plan, suggested by Benjamin Franklin, was one of the first attempts to unify the original 13 US colonies under one government. The plan was rejected and never came to fruition, but was a huge stepping stone towards America's freedom from British tyranny.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    This act imposed a tax on British Colonies to pay for troops stationed in North America. It affected documents like newspapers, magazines, and legal documents.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Protestors in Boston harrassed British soldiers into firing, killing 5 men, including Crispus Attucks. It was a major moment during the Revolution.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    This "Party" was the result of Britain's Tea Act that put a large tax on tea imports into Colonial America. Protesting Bostonians dumped a lrage shipment of tea into the Boston Harbor.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    These were a direct result of the Boston Tea Party. As punishment the British Government released these acts that included the Boston Port Act, the Massachusetts Government Act, The Administration of Justice Act, The Quartering Act, and The Quebec Act.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    They met to discuss what the should do in retaliation to the Intolerable Acts that were imposed on America after the Boston Tea Party. They decided to boycott British trade and set a date for the Second Continental Congress.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    This congress put together the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation. It discussed how the states would go about handling the Revolutionary War and how to go about succeeding from Britain.
  • The American Revolution

    The American Revolution
    The war started in 1775. This revolution was the result of hundreds of years of British tyranny and allowed America to become what it is today.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    This is one of America's most important documents, it seperated us from Britain's tyranny, alowing us to create our own government, and giving us the opportunity to create the United States of America as we know them.
  • The Articles of Confederation

    The Articles of Confederation
    This document established a basic constitution among the original thirteen states after the Revolutionary War. It was replaced on March 9th of 1789 by The Constitution that is still in affect today.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    This rebellion helped establish unions. Farmer's were unhappy with government so they revolted.
  • Philadelphia Convention (Constitutional Convention)

    Philadelphia Convention (Constitutional Convention)
    It replaced the Articles of Confederation with the US Constitution that survives to this day. The convention was originally called to revise the Articles of Confederation but some wanted an entirely new constitution. George Washington was apointed to preside over the convention that created a new and improved constitution.
  • Connecticut Compromise

    Connecticut Compromise
    This compromise, created in the Constitutional Convention, it made congress have the two houses, the House of Representatives, which gives state representation by size, and the Senate, which gives state representation equally. It was a combination of the Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan.