Top Ten Important American Independence Events By Madison.Osbourne May 14, 1607 Jamestown, VA was founded Jamestown was the first town that the pilgrims founded on US soil. Nov 11, 1620 Mayflower Compact Signed Mayflower compact was the first signed document to show our independence. Apr 5, 1764 Sugar Act This was one of the many acts that made the pilgrims mad at the English Sep 5, 1764 The First Continental Congress This is first time we began to form government. Mar 1, 1765 Stamp Act This event showed us that England was unfair and began to frustrate us so that we began to want our own idependence. Jun 29, 1767 Townshend Act These acts were set by the British making the pilgrims mad. Mar 5, 1770 Boston Massacre Boston Massacre proved to the pilgrims that the British were being unfair and didn't really care for our country. Dec 16, 1773 Boston Tea Party This event was important to the countries independence because it showed England that we weren't going to take the unfair taxes. Jul 4, 1776 Signing of the Declaration of Independence This date shows the final step in finally gaining our independence. Aug 19, 1787 John Locke contributes to the constitution for Carolina colony John Locke proposed that Life, Liberty, and Property are unalienable rights.