Origins of the Constitution

  • Jan 1, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Required King John to give up some of his authroity.
  • Jamestown Founded

  • French - Indian War Begins

    War between Britain and the French and Indians
  • George III becomes King

  • French - Indian War Ends

  • Stamp Act

    Tax by the british against the colonies. Required a tax on most printed materials.
  • Boston Massacre

    British soldiers wrongfully killed 5 citizens and injured 6 others.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Political protest by the Sons of Liberty in Boston. Protesters threw British tea into the harbor.
  • First Continental Congress

    Convention of delegates that met in response to the Intolerable Acts.
  • Revolutionary War Begins

  • Second Continental Congress

    Wrote the Declaration of Independence, governed the colonies during that Revolutionary War.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Statement made by the 13 colonies declaring themselves free from England's rule.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Agreement among the 13 founding states that established the United States. The articles served as the first constitution.
  • Revolutionary War Ends

  • Shay's Rebellion

    An armed uprising that took place in Massachusetts borught on by financial after the war and aggressive tax collection
  • Constitutional Convention

    Convention that met to write a Constitution.
  • Ratification of Constitution