First assembly of elected representatives of English colonists in North America
Road to Independence
Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
First written constitution in the colonies- Elected representative assembly- Popular election of a governor and judges
French and Indian War
British begin defending the land the colonists occupy against the French.
King George Takes the Throne
King George wants to tax the colonists to pay the debt of the French and Indian War
First of a series of taxes to pay off the debt.
Tax on all paper goods: including stamps, books, newspapers.
Followed by the: Stamp Act Congres and the Stamp Act Grievances
Boston Tea Party
A response to the Tea Act
Also known as the Intolerable Acts
British response to colonists' protest
Limited the assembly rights of the colonists
First Continental Congress
12 of 13 colonies met in Philadelphia to respond to the Coercive Acts
Sent a list of grievances to King George
Second Continental Congress
Formed an army and named George Washington as commander in chiefDeclare Independence from EnglandWrite the Articles of Confederation
Declaration of Independence
Written by Thomas Jefferson, and revised by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams- Adopted on July 4, 1776, signed on August 2, 1776- Natural rights - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness- The “why” we became independent from Britain