Major Events for Early American Government

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    First written in 1215, the Magna Carta was forced into the king of England by the feudal barons to limit his powers.
  • Jamestown setteled

    Jamestown setteled
    The first successful colony in North America. It is named of King James of England.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    The first governing document of Plymouth Colony. It bound them to live civilly.
  • Petition of Rights

    Petition of Rights
    Major English constitutional document that set out specific rules that the King cannot break.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    The English Bill of Rights was a restatement of the declaration of independence. It lays down limits of powers of powers of the soveriegn and sets out the rights of the people.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    Proposed by Ben Franklin, the Albany Plan of Union was an early attempt at joining the colonies.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp act was a direct tax imposed on the British Colonies in America. The act stated that all printed material be printed on stamped paper produced by London.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Also known as the Bloody Riot, the Boston Massacre was battle between the civilians and soldiers that ended with the death of five.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The Boston Tea Party was a protest by the people of Boston after official refused to return taxed tea the civilians threw it in the harbor.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    A name used to describe a series of laws passed by the British Parliament.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The First Congress was a collection of delegates from twelve of the thirteen North American Colonies.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    Representatives from each colony gathered to discuss their thoughts on the Intolerable Acts.
  • American Revolution Begins

    American Revolution Begins
    The American Revolution occured when North America attempted to break free from the British empire.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    The 2nd Continental Congress was 13 delegates. They managed the colonial war effort and m.oved towards independence
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    North America claimed their freedom as a legitamate nation.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The first constitution of the United States and specified how the government was supposed to work.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    An armed uprising that took places in Massachusatts.
  • Constitution Convention

    Constitution Convention
    The Convention held when the constitution was drafted