Road to the constitution timeline

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    Signed between King John and the Feudal Barons at Runnymede near Windsor Castle. Anyone subjected to this would be granted food, they will not be imprisioned without reason and Heirs cannot be forced to marry if they dont want to.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    The purpose of this document was to ensure that the settlers who came off the Mayflower and landed at Plymouth Rock would establish a fair government ruled by majority.
  • Petition of Rights

    The Petition of Right was produced by the English parliament and was sent to Charles I. It granted settlers more freedoms, and it did not force them to do anything. No soldiers can stay in their homes, or no person should be foreced to provide a tax.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    King James II was responsible for the signing of this. Anyone subjected to this was granted the right to disagree with the King, they got no cruel or unusual punishments and they had the right to bare arms.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    Major General Edward Braddock was the first general to arrive from Britain. William Johnson began as the Indian agent for the colony of New York. He then became a war hero when he lead the British to victory at the Battle of Lake George. The British ultimately won this conflict, and won much of France's territory in the new land. The British and the United States became unified when they fought together, and later became allies.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    English officials suggested this but it never happened. Some political cartoons are attached to this event. Such as the chopped up snake, stating "join or die".
  • King George III takes power

    King George III takes power
    He made America angry because he wanted a standing army in America. He was a greedy man. He wanted his own way
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act caused legal documents, licenses, commerical contracts, newspapers, and pamphlets to be taxed. Colonial leaders were angry about the Stamp Act and they went on a rampage.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    5 people were killed in this act. During this, taxes were being inforced.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The Sons of Liberty used the Boston Tea Party as a form of protest to the Tea Act, which the colonists thought violated their rights of "no taxation without representation" The British responded to this by closing the port of Boston.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    It made up the money for Britain that the colonists threw in the river during the Boston Tea Party, and that is why the British passed these acts. It reversed the trend of colonial resistance to parliamentary authority that began with the Stamp Act.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    Many lawyers and governors joined together in Philadelphia to make the First Continental Congress. The goal of this Congress was to boycott British goods and to provide for the Second Continental Congress.
  • Lexington and Concord

    Lexington and Concord
    Many of the supplies of Concord had been moved to other towns, after Lexington's victory. Some major generals were Thomas Gage and Captain Jonas Parker. Paul Revere warned the colonists that the British were coming.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    The Second Continental Congress took place in Philadelphia, and the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation ideas were made. Some of the colonists involved were John Adams, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin.
  • Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence states the reasons that American colonies wanted independence from Great Britain. It stated why they wanted away and that all men are created equal, so they should be independent.
  • Articles of Confederation

    The Articles of Confederation would start with George Washington as the first president under the rules this article made, which described how American government would be like.
  • Start of Consitutional Convention

    Troubles with the Confederation made the Continental Congress to call for a convention of delegates. Across the country, "Liberty!" cries were heard.