Major Events of Early American Government

Timeline created by marisa18
  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The Magna Carta was the first document forced onto the King of England by a group of his subjects in attempt to limit his powers by law and protect their privileges. It led to the rule of constitutional law in the English speaking world.
  • Jamestown settled

    Jamestown settled
    The settlement was Americas first permanent English colony. Late in the 19th century, Jamestown became the focus of renewed historical interest and efforts at preservation.
  • Mayflower Compact written

    Mayflower Compact written
    It was the first governing document ofPlymouth colony. The document was written by saints fleeing from religious persecution by King James of Great Brtain.
  • Petition of Rights

    Petition of Rights
    The Petition of Right is a major English constitutional document that sets out specific liberties of the subject that the king is prohibited from infringing. Petition contains restrictions on non-Parliamentary taxation, forced billeting of soldiers, imprisonment without cause, and restricts the use of martial law
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    It was an act of the Parliament of England. It restatement in statutory form of the Declaration of Rights repsented by the Convention Parliament to William and Mary in March 1689 inviting them to become joint sovereigns of England.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    The Albany Plan of Union was a proposal to create a unified government for the thirteen colonies than a senior leader of 48 and a delagate from Pennsylvania. The Plan represented an early attempt to form a union of the colonies "under one government as far as might be necessary for defense and other general important purposes.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    It was the killing of five colonists by British regulars. It was the culmination of tensions in the American colonies that had been growing to enforce the heavy tax burden imposed by the Townshend Acts.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The Boston tea party was held in the colony of Massachusetts. It was a political protest against the tax policy of the governmentand the east India company that controlled all tea imported into the colony.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    It was a convention of delagates from twelve colonies at Carpenter's Hall. It was called in response to the passage of the Coercive Acts by the British Parliament.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Partiot name for series of punitive laws passed by BritishParliament. The picture describes Coercive Acts as the rape of an American woman (a symbol of the American colonies) was copied and distributed in the Thirteen Colonies.
  • Beginning of American Revolution

    Beginning of American Revolution
    It was an American war between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Thirteen Colonies. The war grew into a world war between Britain and the newly formed United States, France, Netherlands, Spain, and Mysore on the other end.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    It was a convention of delagates from the thirteen colonies that started meeting in the summer of 1775. The second Congress managed the colonial war effort, and moved incrementally towards independence, adopting the Declaration of Independence.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the Thirteen American Colonies reguarded themselves as independent states. It showed they were no longer a part of the British Empire.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The Article of Confederation was an agreement among thirteen founding states that established the United States of America as a confederation of sovereign states and served as its first constitution. In 1789, the Article was replaced with the U.S Constitution.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Shays' Rebellion was an armed uprising that took place in central and western Massachusetts in 1786 and 1787. It was precipitated by several factors: financial difficulties brought about by a post-war economic depression, a credit squeeze caused by a lack of hard currency.
  • Connecticut Compromise

    Connecticut Compromise
    The Connecticut Compromise (also known as the Great Compromise of 1787 or Sherman's Compromise) was an agreement that large and small states reached during the Constitutional Convention. defined the legislative structure and representation that each state would have under the US Constitution.
  • Philadelphia Convention/ Constitution Convention

    Philadelphia Convention/ Constitution Convention
    It was to address problems in governing the United States of America which led to operating under the Articles of Confederation. Although the Convention was intended to revise the Articles of Confederation, the intention from the outset of many of its proponents, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, was to create a new government rather than fix the existing one