a religious movement of the 16th century that began as an attempt to reform the Roman Catholic Church and resulted in the creation of Protestant church.
An agreement reached by the Pilgrims on the ship the Mayflower in 1620, just before they landed at Plymouth Rock. The Mayflower Compact bound them to live in a civil society according to their own laws.
Bacon's Rebellion was an armed rebellion in 1676 by Virginia settlers led by Nathaniel Bacon against the rule of governor William Berkeley.
a philosophical movement of the 18th century marked by a rejection of traditional social, religious, and political ideas and an emphasis on rationalism
a written agreement ratified in 1781 by the thirteen original states; it provided a legal symbol of their union by giving the central government no coercive power over the states or their citizens.
a series of military engagements between Britain and France in North America. between 1754-1763. The French and Indian War was the american phase of the Seven Years War, which was then underway in Europe.
A law passed by the British government in 1765 that required the payment of a tax to Britain on a great variety of papers and documents, including newspapers, that were produced in the American colonies.
A raid on the three British ships in Boston harbor in which the boston colonists disguised as indians, threw the contents of hundred chests of tea into the harbor as a protest on tea taxes.
Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 advocating independence from Great Britain to people in the Thirteen Colonies.
The war for American independence from Britain. The fighting began with the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775, and lasted through the Battle of Yorktown in 1781.
The fundamental document establishing the United States as a nation, adopted on July 4, 1776. The declaration was ordered and approved by the Continental Congress and written largely by Thomas Jefferson.
An uprising led by a former militia officer, Daniel Shays, which broke out in western Massachussets in 1786. Shay's followers protested the foreclosures of farms for debt and briefly succeeded in shutting down the court system.
a compromise adopted at the Constitutional Convention, providing the states with equal representation in the Senate and proportional representation in the House of Representatives.
On this day in 1789, George Washington becomes the first and only president to be unanimously elected by the Electoral College
a revolt of settlers in western Pennsylvania in 1794 against a federal excise tax on whiskey: suppressed by militia called out by President George Washington to establish the authority of the federal government.
the agreement in 1794 between England and the U.S. by which limited trade relations were established, England agreed to give up its forts in the northwestern frontier, and a joint commission was set up to settle border disputes
A year after the Battle of Fallen Timbers, Native American leaders and Anthony Wayne met at Fort Greenville in Ohio to negotiate an end to the Northwest Territory Indian War. On August 3, 1795, both sides signed the Treaty of Greenville.
Pinckney's Treaty, known as the Treaty of San Lorenzo or the Treaty of Madrid, was signed in San Lorenzo de El Escorial on October 27, 1795 and established intentions of friendship between the United States and Spain
The purchase by the United States from France of the huge Louisiana Territory in 1803. President Thomas Jefferson ordered the purchase negotiations, fearing that the French, then led by Napoleon, wanted to establish an empire in North America.