Major Influences on American Government

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In History
  • 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    Signed in 1215 by King John of England, the magna carta officially limited the monarch's power. The magna carta influenced American Government because it called for a limited government and it guaranteed the individual rights of the people.
    “Magna Carta and the Surety Barons for the Enforcement - Valenziano-Winchester.” Google Sites,
  • House of Burgesses

    House of Burgesses
    The House of Burgesses was the first government formed by the english in colonial Jamestown. This form of self-government influenced the creation of the United States.
    “The House of Burgesses.”, Independence Hall Association,
  • Mayflower Compact

    The Mayflower Compact was signed by the pilgrims on their way over to the new world. This was a social contract that was one of the first forms of colonial self-government. This would later influence more colonial self-government and eventually the American revolution.
  • English Bill of Rights

    English Bill of Rights
    The English Bill of Rights clarified the civil rights of the English people and determined that William of Orange would receive the crown after the Glorious Revolution. This influenced america because we modeled our own bill of rights after this one.
    “The English Bill of Rights.” Rebel History,
  • Albany Plan

    The Albany plan was a plan suggested by Ben Franklin to create a unified government for the colonies. This was an early idea of self-government in the colonies.
  • French and Indian war ends

    The french and indian war ended and thus the period of salutary neglect ended in the colonies. Therefore, Great Britain began paying closer attention to the colonies and this led to the townshend acts, angering the colonies and sparking a revolution.
  • Stamp Act

    The stamp act was a tax put on colonial newspapers and commercial documents. This was an unfair tax that angered colonists and further led to revolution.
  • Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre was an accidental killing of protesting colonists by British soldiers. This created resentment against England in the colonies.
  • Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea party was an event held by the sons of liberty where they threw off barrels of tea from English ships in a protest against the tea tax. This was another act that led to revolution and a new form of government being formed in America.
  • Declaration of Independence

    The declaration of Independence declared the colonists freedom from the chains of Great Britain and stated that the colonists would from thereforth be considered their own nation. This led to the American Government we know and love today being formed.
  • Articles of Confederation

    The Articles were the first documents signed that created the first government ever for the new United States.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's rebellion was a massive rebellion in the colonies under the Articles of Confederation. People were attacking government courthouses in revolt against taxes being put on them. This showed the weakness of the Articles and called for a new form of government, which was later made to be the constitution.
  • Commerce and slave trade compromise

    The commerce and slave trade compromises were decided at the constitutional convention in liberty hall. Slavery was set to continue until 1808. This was some of the first compromises decided by our founding fathers.
  • Signing of Constitution

    The signing of the constitution by our founding fathers signified and finalized the american government system that is still being used today.
  • Federalist Papers

    The Federalist papers were newspaper articles written by people such as James Madison who wanted people to support the Federalist Party. This was one of the first examples of campaigning for different parties in government.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    The Louisiana Purchase by Thomas Jefferson from France extended the territory significantly westward for the US. This led to further territory that the US would have to govern and therefore called for new laws to be passed such as the land ordinances.
  • War of 1812

    This war with Great Britain is seen as a US victory and finally ended British influence in America. America's government grew stronger after this war and gained more territory.
  • Monroe Doctrine

    The monroe Doctrine, created by president James Monroe, stated that no country from the east could attempt to colonize or imperialize any part of the western hemisphere. This was the start of the american government becoming a world superpower.
  • Mexican-American war

    The mexican-american war resulted in the US gaining territory from coast to coast. This led to new issues in government over slave and free states and also led to new parties such as the populist party being formed.
  • Spanish-American war

    The spanish-american war was the end of imperialism by the US in latin american countries. The US gained more territory after this war.