Road to The Constitution

  • Period: Jan 1, 1200 to

    Road To The Constitution

  • Jun 1, 1215

    Magna Carta

    In England, King John was not doing a good job leading the country and was facing a possible rebellion by the country's most powerful barons. King John and the feudal barons signed a charter of liberties known as the Magna Carta at Runnymede. It included that all citizens will have right to go to court and costs will not be a problem. Also, no man will be imprisoned unless by lawful judgement by peers.
  • Mayflower Compact

    The Mayflower Compact was signed in order to prevent dissent amongst Puritans and Pilgrims who had landed in Plymouth. It was the first written framework of government established in what is now the United States.
  • Mayflower

    Mayflower
    This is a picture of the Mayflower, on which the pilgrims sailed to Plymouth and signed the mayflower compact.
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  • Petition of Right

    King Charles I broke up Parliament and ruled on his own. Sir Edward Coke gave King Charles the Petition of Right. The document included things from the Magna Carta. The Petition of Right focused on the violation's of Charles. The rights were granted to the Englishmen, not the king. King Charles I signed it but did not follow the rules.
  • English Bill of Rights

    The English Bill of Rights limited the power of the English sovereign and was written as an act of parliament. William and Mary were involved in the signing. Some rights included were that Englishmen received inalienable civil and political rights.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    The Albany Plan of Union was suggested by Benjamin Franklin.The plan was to place the northern brittish colonies under a centralized government. The government would be headed by a "general president" and a "grand council" Benjamin Franklin made a political cartoon called "join or die" which was in the pennsylvania gazette. Although the plan was submitted, the plan failed and was never implemented in the colonies.
  • Join or Die

    Join or Die
    This is the political cartoon "Join or Die" made by Benjamin Franklin during the making of the albany plan of union in 1754. The idea of the cartoon was that all the colonies must be together in order for the plan to work. If one colony didnt work with the group, the plan would die.
  • Land During the 1700's

    Land During the 1700's
    This is how north america was divided before the end of the french and indian war
  • French and Indian War

    The French and Indian war was a conflict between England, France, Prussia, Sweeden, and Austria over land. It occurred from 1756 to 1763. It is also known as the seven years war. Some of the major battlkes included battles at Louisberg and Frontenac. Eventually, the French were defeated. England then obtained Canada from France and Florida from Spain. The victory strengthened the colonies by removing their European Rivals and opened the Mississippi River which allowed for western expansion
  • King George III takes power

    King George took power in Great Britain after his grandfather's death. He wass 22 years old at the time. He married Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Streitz, the daughter of a German duke. As a result of the French and Indian War, King George's victory for the British helped strengthen the colonies by eliminating European rivalries.
  • King George III

    King George III
    This is a picture of King George III, who came to power on October 25, 1760.
  • Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act was the first internal tax for the American colonist made by Britain's government. The act came during a time where Britain was in debt during the French and Indian War. All paper documents in the colonies were taxed. Colonial leaders thought it was unconstitutional so they started to mob violence.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre was the killing of five colonists by British soldiers on March 5, 1770. Taunts by the colonists resulted in force by the British. Three were killed and eleven were wounded.The killings were a result of tensions between the two groups as a resault of the British coming to the colonies to inforce heavy taxes that were imposed by the Townshend Acts of 1768
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Boston Massacre This is a painting made to depict what happened during the Boston Massacre on May 5, 1770. You can learn more about the Boston Massacre and the details of what happened the day this event occured in history. You can find out why the massacre happened and how it changed history,
  • Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party was an act of protest by a patriot group called the sons of liberty on December 16, 1773. The Sons of Liberty and many other members of the colonies were unhappy with the high taxes. On December 16th, the Sons of Liberty dressed up as mohawk indians, boarded a british ship, and dumped barrels of tea into the boston harbor. The british were not happy. As a result of this, the Coercive Acts of 1774 were implemented to punish the colonies.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    This is a painting showing what the Boston Tea Party wouldve looked like.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Britain was mad at the Americans for destroying 342 chests of tea belonging to the British East India company. So, they took their anger out by making the Intolerable Acts. The Boston Harbor was closed and only fire and firewood were permitted in the port. Town meetings were banned also. General Gage, the British commander of North American forces, was appointed to governor of Massachusetts.
  • First Continental Congress

    Continental Congress met in Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia from September 5 to October 26, 1774. All colonies attended except for Georgia. The meeting was put together to find a way to show the british of the colonies authority. At the meeting, it was decided that there would be a nonimportation of british goods and mechanisms would be sent to inforce the resistence and keep the channels of communication open. This was made effective December 1, 1774.
  • Carpenter's Hall

    Carpenter's Hall
    This is a picture of Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia, PA where both meetings of the continental congress were held.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord was a battle during the Revolutionary War between the colonists and the british. On terh night of April 18, 1775, hundreds of british soldiers came to a town called concord, which is near boston. Upon their arrival, Paul Revere signaled "The British are coming!" to notify the minutemen that there would be a battle.
  • Lexington and Concord(Continued)

    The battle took place on the next day, April 19. The british were led by Colonel Francis Smith and the colonists by James Barrett, John Parker, and many more. The battle resulted in a colonist victory. The colonies gained their indeoendance in 1783
  • Lexington and Concord Map

    Lexington and Concord Map
    This is a map of the battle of Lexington and Concord
  • Second Continental Congress

    The second continental congress took place in Philadelphia in the summer of 1775. The purpose of the meeting was to find a way to meet the military thrat of the british with one of their own. They created the Continental Army. George Washington headded the army without pay. At the meeting, the olive brance petition was made, which was asking for a peaceful resolution with the british. Not many wanted independance, but this soon changed. By 1776, they had made the declaration of independence.
  • General George Washington

    General George Washington
    American Revolution Timeline This is General George Washington who was appointed the leader of the Continental Army after the second continental congress. You can use the website above to view a timeline of the American Revolution.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Conflicts between American colonists and British soldiers were rising. The Americans were fighting for their rights. As the Revolutionary War started, the movement for independence had grown. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin had a responsibility to start drafting a formal statement of the colonies intentions. The Congress adopted the statement as the Declaration of Independence.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States. All 13 states ratified it on March 1st,1781. The Articles formed a loose confederation of sovereign states and a weak central government. Most of the power was in the state governments. John Hanson was the first president under these laws as each president served only one year.
  • The Treaty of Paris

    The Treaty of Paris ended the Revolutionary War between the United States and Britain. It also recognized American independence. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay represented the United States in the signing. The US got all the land between east of the Allegheny Mountains and west of the Mississippi River. It doubled the size of the US. Britain finally recognized the Declaration of Independence.
  • The Constitutional Convention

    In 1787, the first continental congress met in Philadelphia, PA. Before they met, they came together in Annapolis, MD. This was called the Annapolis Convention. At this convention, there were five states present and they discovered how the Articles of Confedersation needed to be changed to better suit the new country.They then decided to meet in Philadelphia to further discuss this. The purpose of the convention was to fix the Articles of Confederation.
  • Constituional Convention

    Constituional Convention
    This picture shows the idea of what the constitutional converntion wouldve looked like