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  • Sep 21, 1215

    Magna Carta

    A group of detirimined barons forced King John to sign the Magna Carta ( the Great Charter) - at Runnymede in 1215.
  • Petition Of Rights

    The Magna Carta was respected by some monarchs and ignored by others for 400 years. Over that time Englands parlament slowly grew in influence.
  • English Bill of Rights

    This document prohibited a standing army in perce-time, except with the consent of Parliament, and required thatg all parliamentary elections be free.
  • Albany Plan of Union

    benjaman franklin proposed the creation of an anual plan of congress of represantivates from each of the 13 colinies. that body would have the power to raise military and navel forces, make war and peace with the native americans, regulate trade with them, tax, and collect duties.
  • Boston Massasre

    The Boston Massacre was the killing of five colonists by British regulars on March 5, 1770. It was the culmination of tensions in the American colonies that had been growing since Royal troops first appeared in Massachusetts in October 1768 to enforce the heavy tax burden imposed by the Townshend Acts
  • The Boston Tea Party

    On Monday morning, the 29th of November, 1773, a handbill was posted all over Boston, containing the following words: "Friends! Brethren! Countrymen!--That worst of plagues, the detested tea, shipped for this port by the East India Company, is now arrived in the harbor.
  • First Contenintal Congress

    in the spring of 1774, paralament passes yet another set of laws, this time to punnish the colonist for the troubles in Boston and elsewhere. these new laws, denounced in America as the Intlorable acts, prompted widespread calls for a meeting of the colonies.
  • Second Conenital Congress

    durring the fall and winter of 1774-1775, the British government continued to to refuse to compromise, let alone reverse, its colonial policies. it reacted to the decloration of rights as it had to other expressions of colonial discontent--with even stricter and more repressive measures.
  • DOI

    slightly more then a year after the revolution began, Richard Henry lee of Virginia proposed to the congress: Congress named a comittie of 5--benjamen Franklin, John Adams , Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston & Thomas Jefferson--tp prepare a proclomation of independence. this was very largely the work of jeferson.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Richard Henry Lee's resolution that led to the Decloration of independence also called the second contineal congress to propose a plan of conferedation to the states. off and on for 17 months congress debated the the problem of uniting the former colonies
  • Shays Rebelion

    Movement by New England farmers desperate to be paid for the service in the Revolutionary War. Farmer Daniel Shays took charge of the group and led an attack on a federal arsenal in Springfield, Massachusetts, in January 1787. Federal troops under Revolutionary War General Benjamin Lincoln came from Boston. Four men were killed and 20 wounded.
  • Philidelphia Convention

    In 1786, the United States was bankrupt. Moreover, the young nation faced many other challenges and threats. States engaged in an endless war of economic discrimination against commerce from other states. Southern states battled northern states for economic advantage. The country was ill-equipped to fight a war--and other nations wondered whether treaties with the
  • Virgina Plan

    no state had more to do with the calling of the convention than Virginia. It was not suprising, then, that its delegates should offer the first plan for a new constutuon. On may 29th, the virgina plan, largely the work of madison, was presented by randoloph.United States were worth the paper they were written on.
  • New Jersey Plan

    patterson and his colluges offered several amendments to the articles, but not nearly so thotough a revision as proposed by the virgina plan. the new jersy plan retained the unicameral congress of confederation, with each of the stated equaly represented.