US Government Timeline

  • Jan 1, 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    This document was the first to limit the powers of an English monarch. It gave people liberties and helped to prevent a tyrannic rule. King John agreed to it.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1215 to

    The Makings Of America

  • Jamestown Settled

    Jamestown Settled
    Jamestown was the first permanent English colony in the Americas. It was established by the Virginia Company of London, which was led by John Smith.
  • Mayflower Compact Written

    Mayflower Compact Written
    The Mayflower Compact was the first document that governed the Plymouth Colony. It was written by Saints fleeing from England to the Americas on the Mayflower to help ensure religious freedom from the King.
  • Petition of Right

    Petition of Right
    Passed by Parliament to lessen the power of the King. It restricted the use of martial law, imprisonment without cause, and non-Parliament taxation.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    Written to limit the power of the monarch. It stated that monarchs could no longer prevent Protestants from bearing arms, create an army, or impose fines or punishments without first consulting and gaining permission from Parliament.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    Albany Plan of Union
    The Plan was proposed by Benjamin Franklin at a meeting in Albany, New York. It was a plan to form a union in the States that levied taxes, regulated Indian trade, and formed both an army and a navy.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    Tax imposed by the British monarch on the States. It taxed printed items such as legal documents, playing cards, and newspapers, along with other things.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    Came as a result of the Townsend Acts. Civilians were protesting British soldiers and threw rocks at them, causing the soldiers to fire into the crowd. 5 people were killed.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    The Tea Party came as a result of the Townshend Acts. Colonists were angry about the taxes put on tea, so they dressed as Indians and threw tea overboard a British ship.
  • Intolerable Acts

    Intolerable Acts
    Passed by Britain as a result of the Boston Tea Party. It closed the Port of Boston, made Massachussetts governed by England, said that trials against royal officials in the States could be conducted on English soil, and allowed soldiers to live in colonist's homes.
  • First Continental Congress

    First Continental Congress
    Called as a result of the Intolerable Acts. It was made up of 12 of the thirteen States, it didn't include Georgia. It drew up the Declaration of Rights and banned all British imports.
  • American Revolution Begins

    American Revolution Begins
    700 British troops marched to Lexington looking for Patriot leaders. An unknown Colonist fired at them in what became known as "The Shot Heard Around the World" and a battle ensued, thus marking the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
  • Second Continental Congress

    Second Continental Congress
    Started meeting in the summer of 1775 in Philadelphia. They managed the war efforts and eventually adopted the Declaration of Independence.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    A document written by the States that declared their issues with the way that the British monarch ruled. It declared that the states were independent from the tyrannic rule of Britain.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    It established the United States as a confederation of sovereign states and also served as the United States' first Constitution. Writing began in 1776 and it was ratified in 1781.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Constitutional Convention
    Conducted from May 25 through September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia. It addressed problems with governing the US and created the United States Constitution.
  • Connecticut Compromise

    Connecticut Compromise
    Came as a result of the Constitutional Convention. It separated Congress into it's two houses: the House of Representatives and the Senate.