Path to the Constitution


Battles of Lexington and Concord

April 19, 1775

The battles of Lexington and Concord were the first battles of the Revolutionary War. The American minute men won both battles.

Declaration of Independence

June 1776 - July 4 1776

The Declaration of Independence was the document that said the United States was it's own Country. It was ratified on July 4, 1776.

Federalist Papers

October 1777 - August 1778

The Federalist Papers were 85 articles promoting the Constitution.

Ratification of the Articles of Confederation

November 15, 1777 - March 1, 1781

The Articles of Confederation was pretty much the first Constitution of the United States. All 13 states had to ratify the first state to ratify was Virginia, the last state to ratify was Maryland.

Battle of Yorktown

September 28, 1781 - October 19, 1781

The battle of Yorktown was the battle that ended the war. General Cornwallis surrendered October 19, 1781.

Treaty of Paris

September 3, 1783

The Treaty of Paris was the peace treaty that ended the Revolutionary war. These were some of the conditions of the treaty.
The United States was a free and independent country.
The Northern border of the U.S. was set along Great Lakes.
Mississippi River was set as the boundary between the U.S. and Spanish territory.
Florida was returned to Spain and the border between Florida and U.S. was set.
Great Britain agreed to withdraw troops from U.S. territory.

Shays's Rebellion

August 29, 1786 - June 1787

Shays's rebellion was led by Daniel Shays. Shays was a farmer he and 1200 other farmers rebelled against the Massachusetts government. They rebelled because of high taxes causing debt.

Annapolis Convention

September 11 1786 - September 14 1786

The Annapolis Convention was a convention made up of 12 delegates from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia. They decided to have a Constitutional Convention.

Constitutional convention

May 14, 1787 - September 17, 1787

The Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia Pennsylvania the reason for the convention was to discuss the government of the United States which was still using the Articles of Confederation.