US Government Timeline

  • Jun 15, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    I charter to make peace between the King John and a group of rebel barons that promised the protection of churhch rights, protection for the barons from illegal improvement, access to swift justice, and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown.
  • Jamestown Settled

    Jamestown Settled
    It was the first sucessful settlement that was founded by Great Britain in The Americas.
  • Mayflower Compact Writen

    It was the first governing document of the Plymouth Conlony. It was made by people fleeing religious persecution from King James of England.
  • Petition of Rights

    Petition of Rights
    A statement of civil liberties sent by English Parliament to Charles I. It was a refusal by Parliament to finance the king's unpopular foreign policy had caused his government to exact forced loans and to quarter troops in subjects' houses as an economy measure.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    It is an act that deals with constitutional matters and lays out certain basic civil rights. It introduced free speach, freedom to vote, and regular parliments. Many of these ideas were taken from John Locke.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    It was a plan to create a unified government for the Thirteen Colonies. Only seven representitives from the colonies showed up to the meeting for the plan and the plan never came to fruition
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Great Britain enacted this act to add more taxes on the Thirteen Colonies. Printing materials produced by London became more expensive in the Americas. This upset may colonists and led to the Boston Tea Party
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    It was a street fight between a mob of citizens and a squad of british soldiers. Soldiers opened fire on the defenselesss citizens and killing several.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    It was a political protes by the Sons of Libery. The Sons disgused themselves as Native Americas and destroyed an entire shipment of tea in defiance of the Tea Act.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    This act is a punishment for the Sons of Liberty for taking part in the Boston Tea Party. It inacted many restrictions on Boston citizens. Many thought they were uneccesary and cruel which led them to believe the Rovelutionary war would be a good idea.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    This meeting consisted of delegates from twelve of the thirteen colonies. It was a reponse to the Coercive Acts by the British Parliament. They discussed an economic boycott of british trade, rights and grievances, and a petionion King George III for redress of those grievances.
  • American Revolution Begins

    American Revolution Begins
    The war between Britain and the colonies started.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    A meeting from delegates from twelve of the Thirteen Colonies. Georgia later sent their delegates. The Thirteen Colonies declared that The American Revolution had begun.
  • Declaration of Independence.

    Declaration of Independence.
    This document declared that The Thirteen Cononies were soverign states from Great Britain, and that they would go to war with Great Britain. It declared that the colonies were their own nation.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Shay led a rebelion of four thousand men because he thought Massachussetts was under economic injustice. He wanted to take of the United States. He went to springfield to capture the arsenal, but was defeated by a private army.
  • Articles of Conferderation

    Articles  of Conferderation
    This written document served as a descriptions of the fuctions of national government of the United States after it decleared independence from Great Britain.
  • Philadelphia Convention

    Philadelphia Convention
    The convention was originally intended to revise the Aritcles of Confederation. It resulted instead of fixing a government to making a new government. A result of the convention was the making of the United States Constitution.
  • Constitution Convection

    Constitution Convection
    It is also known as the Philadelphia Convention. It is the same thing.
  • Connecticut Compromise.

    Connecticut Compromise.
    It said it didn't matter on what the state size was, big or small, Every state had two representitives in the upper house.