Roots of American History

  • Jan 29, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    Granted rights to nobility and landowners in England after opressive King John II overtaxed the landowners. The King was forced to sign this document.
  • Jan 11, 1500


    The economic doctrine in which government control of foreign trade is of the utmost importance. Dominated Western-European economic policy from the 16th to 18th century.
  • Jamestown Colony

    Jamestown Colony
    The first permanent English settlement in North America.
  • House of Burgesses Established

    House of Burgesses Established
    First assembly of elected representatives of English colonists in North America. Disbanded in 1776. Info:
  • Plymouth Colony

    Plymouth Colony
    Settled by the Puritans for religious freedom from the oppressive Catholic Church in Britain. Unfortunatley for the Native Americans the Puritans were not exactly accepting of their religion.
  • Mayflower Compact

    Mayflower Compact
    The first governing document of the Plymouth Colony. Written by the pilgrims. Info:
  • Fundamental Orders of Connecticut

    Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
    Orders that described the government set up by the river-towns setting the colony's structure and powers.
  • Glorious Revolution

    Glorious Revolution
    King James II is overthrown by a joint force of British parliamentarians and men under William III of Orange-Nassau. Pic:
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    Passed by the Bristish Parliament to lay down limits on the powers of sovereign and set out the rights of parliament. Info:
  • Salem Witch Trials

    Salem Witch Trials
    19 women are accused of witchcraft, tried, and executed. Often used as an example of mass hysteria and it's effect on society.
  • First Great Awakening

    First Great Awakening
    A Christian revitalization movement that went across the Protestant countries of Europe and America. This left a permanent impact on American religion. Basically reintroduced the idea of asking for salvation from Jesus Christ.
  • French and Indian War

    French and Indian War
    The war between Great Britain and France in North America. Began as a land dispute between Britain and France.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    Proposed by Benjamin Franklin in order to form a union between the colonies under one government. This wasn't the only plan proposed however.
  • Pontiac's Rebellion

    Pontiac's Rebellion
    Launched by Ottawa Indian chief pontiac due to dissatisfaction with the British postwar policies (French and Indian War). Indians attacked and destroyed 8 British forts. Peace was made when the British sent an expedition to negotiate.
  • Proclamation Line of 1763

    Proclamation Line of 1763
    Used to organize the British empire in North America and to stabilize relations with Natives. Issued after the end of the French and Indian War when Great Britain gained French land.
  • Sugar/Revenue Act of 1764

    Sugar/Revenue Act of 1764
    Passed by Parliament to help compensate for the money lost during the French and Indian War. Another log on the fire for the colonists to plan revolution with.
  • Virginia Resolves

    Virginia Resolves
    A series of resolutions passed by the General Assembly of Virginia after the issue of the Stamp Act. Brought about the phrase "No taxation without representation".
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Tax imposed on the American colonies that basically increased shipping charges. This was not well received. Pic:
  • Townshend Acts

    Townshend Acts
    Five laws that were imposed on the British colonies which included the Revenue act, the Indemnity act, the Commisioners of Customs act, the Vice Admirality Court act, and the New York Restraining act. Pic:
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Bristish soldiers kill five civilians in Boston after being verbally harassed for their presence in the colonies. Pic:
  • Gaspee Incedent

    Gaspee Incedent
    The British ship Gaspee is attacked and burned by men from the Sons of Liberty in 1772. The ships captain is wounded during the confrontaion.
  • Sons of Liberty

    Sons of Liberty
    A political group of American patriots that began in the American colonies. Responsible for the Boston Tea party.
  • Committees of Correspondence

    Committees of Correspondence
    Shadow governments that were organized by the Patriot leaders in the 13 colonies just before the Revolutionary War. These superseded the colonial legislature and Britain's royal officials.
  • Tea Act

    Tea Act
    Act initiated by the British Parliament enacted in order to reduce the massive surplus of tea held by the EIC, which was financially unstable at the time. Pic:
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    A direct action against British rule in which colonists boarded a British ship, throwing it's shipment of taxed tea overboard. Pic:
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Initiated in direct responce to the Boston Tea Party in hopes that it would reverse the colonial resistance to submissiveness in the American Colonies.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    The First Continental Congress was a convention of delegates from the British colonies in North America. This was the first meeting of congress.
  • Edenton Tea Party

    Edenton Tea Party
    A political protest that was held in Edenton, North Carolina. Organized by Penelope Barker in direct response to the Tea Act.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    A convention of delegates representing the thirteen colonies that began to meet soon after the start of the American Revolution.
  • Mecklenburg Resolves

    Mecklenburg Resolves
    Also known as the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Proclaimed all laws enacted by the British government were null and void.
  • Halifax Resolves

    Halifax Resolves
    Helped to promote the idea of a declaration of independence from the British. Proposed at the Fourth Provincial Congress in Halifax, NC.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    A statement adopted by the Continental Congress on the 4th of July, 1776 stating the will of the American Colonies to be freed from British rule. We celebrate the 4th of July because of this.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    An agreement among the 13 founding states that established America as a confederation of sovereign states. Basically America's first constitution.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    Document that officialy ended the Revolutinary War between the American colonies and Great Britain. Most famous for being "extremely generous" to the United States.
  • Land Ordinanceof 1785

    Land Ordinanceof 1785
    Congress' idea to raise money by selling land in the territory gained by the US after the French and Indian War.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    An uprising led by Daniel Shay in order to take control of the Springfield Armory. Resulted in the death of five rebels and caused the founding fathers to rewrite the Articles of Confederation to make the Constitution.
  • Constituional Convention

    Constituional Convention
    Took place to adress the problems in governing the US because of a poorly written constitution. This helped to in the making of the Constitution of the United States.
  • Land Ordinance of 1787

    Land Ordinance of 1787
    An act of Congress that organized the Northwest Territory. This was the first organized territory in the US.
  • Federalist/Anti-Federalist Papers

    Federalist/Anti-Federalist Papers
    A series of 85 articles that prometed the ratification of the US Constitution. Written by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay.
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Whiskey Rebellion
    A tax protest that was organized by farmers who sold grain as whiskey who had to pay a new tax. The rebellion resulted in the death of 4 insurgents.
  • Finished this...

    Finished this...
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