U.S. Government Timeline - DY By dyeargingwd51 1215 Magna Carta When King John signed the Magna Carta it moved English government from the rule of man to the rule of law. It also outlined the individual rights which the king couldnt violate. 1619 Jamestown’s House of Burgesses This was the first democratically-elected legislative body in the British American colonies. 1620 Mayflower Compact The Mayflower Compact was the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony. It was written by the men on the Mayflower. 1628 Petition of Right When King Charles was required to sign the Petition of Right it made it so that the government couldn't imprison people without proper reason. 1689 English Bill of Rights Passed The English Bill of Rights gave the people the right to speech and protection from unusual and cruel punishment. 1765 Stamp Act The stamp act was the first direct tax on paper goods and legal documents. 1774 Intolerable Act Colonists were forced to house British troops Aug 2, 1776 Declaration of Independence The declaration was signed by the delegates to the second constitutional convention and was inspired by John Locke 1777 Articles of Confederation The Articles of Confederation outlined the function of the national government of the US. 1787 The Constitutional Convention The Constitutional Convention is when the framers or delegates of the Constitution drafted a new Constitution. Dec 15, 1791 10th amendment The 10th amendment says that all powers not said in the constitution are left to the states.