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The Road to the Constitution: Early American Government

  • Jan 1, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    The Magna Carta included rights of trial by jury and due process of law, also limited the absolute power of the king. This English charter influenced future American policy.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    A plan proposed by Benjamin Franklin to create an annual congress of delegates from each of the 13 colonies that had the power to regulate trade, tax, and control the military.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    An act of rebellion by citizens of Boston against British taxation of tea. Those involved dumped tea overboard in Boston Harbor.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    Delegates from every colony except Georgia met in Philadelphia to discuss the bad situation with Britain. They sent a Declaration of Rights in protest to the king.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Delegates from each colony met to declare independence.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    Adopted by the Second Continental Congress to declare independence from Britain, making colonial America an independent country.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    The Articles of Confederation provided a basic structure for government in the United States, but did not give enough power to the central government.
  • Philadelphia Convention

    Met to revise the Articles of Confederation to "fix" the problems with it, but ended up creating the Constitution.