Document that listed rights that even the Englsh nobles wouldn't have the right to take away; English nobles forced King John to sign this.
Jan 1, 1500
Belief in the benefits of profitable trading.
First permanent English settlement.
House of Burgess (est.)
The lower house of legislature in colonial Virginia.
Formed by the Pilgrims when they arrived at Plymouth Rock.
The Agreement to establish a government by the pilgrims in the cabin of the Mayflower.
Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
The first written constitution.
When the rebels of John Culpeper and George Durant, imprisoned the deputy governor and other officials, and assembled a legislature governed bu Culpeper for two years.
The overthrow og King James II by a union of English Parlementarians; this conferred the sovereignty on William III and his wife, Mary II.
English Bill or Rights
Declared the rights and liberties of the subjects and giving William III and Mary II the succession.
Salem Witch Trails
Held in Salem, Massachusetts which lead to the execution of twenty people for allegedly practicing witchcraft.
First Great Awakening
A period of religious awakening and reform in New England; this movement swept the Atlantic world and the American colonies.
French and Indian War
The North American War between France and Great Britian. (1754-1763)
Albany Plan of Union
A meeting of delegates from seven colonies held at Albany, New York where Benjamin Franklin proposed a plan for unifying colonies.
Proclamation Line of 1763
The British crown's attempt to separate white settlement from Indian country after the French and Indian War. (1754-1763)
Indian uprising against the British after the French and Indian war; lead to the Proclamation Line of 1763.
Sugar/ Revenue Act of 1764
Revenue-raising act passed by the Parliament.
Sons of Liberty
Organization of American colonials who opposed British measures against the colonists; initially formed to protest the Stamp Act.
The new tax being imposed on all American colonists and it required them to pay a tax on evry piece of printed paper that they used.
Virginia's response to the British Parliament's Stamp Act of 1765.
Laws passed by Parliment placing duties on certain items imported by the American colonists.
British soldiers fired on a crowd of civilians, killing five men; this sparked the rebellion of the American colonies. (The Revolutionary War).
Committees of Correspondence
Organized by Samuel Adams in Massachusetts to keep colonists informed on the ant-colonial actions of the British and to plan resistance by the colonies.
The chase of a ship believed to be smuggling goods; a group of men boarded the Gaspee (lead by John Brown) they wounded the lieutenant of the ship and set it on fire; the British ordered a full investigation and offered a reward; no one confessed.
British Parliment created a monopoly unfair to American tea merchants; caused the Boston Tea Party.
Boston Tea Party
Raid of three British ships in the Boston Harbor; colonists dressed as Indians, threw tea into the harbor in order to protest against the British taxes on tea.
A series of laws passed by the British to punish Massachusetts for the Boston Tea Party.
First Continental Congress
Lasted until October 26, 1774; held because colonists were upset by the Intolerable Acts and taxes; 12 colonies represented.
Edenton Tea Party
When fifty-one ladies from Edenton met and publicly resisted not to drink tea or wear any cloth made from England until th tax acts were repealed.
When Mecklenburg County gathered and signed a declaration of independence from Britain; Mecklenburg Resolves were a series of radical resolutions; this document was supposedly burned in a fire in 1800.
A resolution adopted by the Fourth Provincial Congress of the Province of North Carolina during the American Revolution; this helped pave the way for the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
Second Continental Congress
After the Battles of Lexington and Concord; they decided to break away from the British; met in the State House in Philadelphia (Independence Hall).
Declaration of Independence
Established by the Second Continental Congress, which declared the American colonies to be free and independent of England.
Articles of Conferderation
The orginal constitution; replaced by the U.S. Constitution in 1789.
Treaty of Paris
Ended the United states War for Independence.
Land Ordinance of 1785
Adopted by the U.S. Congress; this divided much of the country into townships and ranges to facilitate the sale of land to settlers.
The armed uprising in central and western massachusetts- Springfield- 1786-1787.
Land Ordinance of 1787
The Congress of Confederation adopted this for the government of the Western territories ceded to the U.S. by the states.
The convention of United States statesmen who drafted the U.S. Constitution in 1787.
Federalist/ Anti-Federalist Papers
A collection of essays written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, by the name of "Publius." Its puropse was to persuade New Yorkers to ratify the Constitution.
Western Pennsylvanian settlers revolted against the tax on whiskey.