New Nation Timeline


The Boston Tea Party

December 16, 1773

The Boston Tea party was a time when the British placed large taxes against the Americans which caused chaos among both groups. The significance of the Boston Tea party is that The Boston Tea Party was a symbolic act that showed the British how far American colonists were willing to go to speak out for their freedom.

First Continental Congress

September 5, 1774

The first continental congress was a meeting of delegates from all but one colony.The significance of the first continental congress is that it helped our country to gain independence and to argue about the intolerable acts which shaped the amount of taxes allowed to be brought upon the people.

Revolutionary War

April 19, 1775

The Revolutionary War "AKA, the American war for independence" was a global war that began as a dispute between Great Britain and the 13 colonies. The significance of the revolutionary war is that patriots won independence from Great Britain and got to have religious freedom and own their own property.

Declaration of Independence

July 4, 1776

The Declaration of Independence was a document declaring Independence for the Americans from British control which was signed by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams. The significance of the Declaration of Independence is that it not only set Americans free, it also stated that all men should be equal. It also set the reasons for why we were breaking out of Britain control.

Articles of Confederation

November 15, 1777

The Articles of Confederation was the first written constitution of the United States. The significance of the articles of confederation is that it merged the individual states and established the federal government which we also have today and is really successful.

Treaty of Paris that ended Revolutionary War

September 3, 1783

The Treaty of Paris officially ended the revolutionary was after it was signed by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and John Jay and the British also recognized the independent nation of the United States of America. The significance of the Treaty of Paris is that Britain no longer had any claim on the land or government. It also gave the people rights to fish and agreed to prisoners of war and access to the Mississippi River.

Shay's Rebellion


Shay's Rebellion was a mutiny in the Massachusetts countryside which was brought about by American farmers against state and local enforcement of tax collections and judgments for debt. The significance of Shay's rebellion is that it made the nobility realize that the central government didn't have enough power and the states had to much power which led to the modification of the articles of confederation and led to the constitution.

Costitution Ratification


The Ratification of the constitution was a "short" message from Delaware who were the first state to ratify the constitution. The significance of the ratification of the constitution is that it set up all the necessities of government. It also brought the states together to establish the principles of how the government was to operate.

George Washington's Inaugaration

April 30, 1789

The Inauguration marked the initiation of the first four-year term of George Washington's presidency. The significance of the Inauguration is that it marked George Washington as the first American president and delivers the first inaugural speech at Federal Hall in New York City.

Whiskey Rebellion


The Whiskey Rebellion was a tax protest in the United states. It was the first tax on a domestic product by the new government. The significance of the whiskey rebellion is that it proved that the U.S. government was able to obliterate violence with military force.

Election of John Adams


John Adams served one term as president followed by Jefferson and George Washington decided that two terms was enough to run as president; Adams ended up winning the election. The significance of the election of John Adams is that John Adams was a leader of the American Revolution, and served as the second U.S. president from 1797 to 1801.

XYZ Affair


The XYZ Affair was an ambassadorial incident between the United States and French diplomats that resulted in a war known as the "Quasi-war". The significance of the XYZ Affair is that it ended the American-French alliance and also resulted in the loss of John Adams last election.

Alien and Sedition Acts


The alien and sedition acts were a series of laws that were passed by the Federalist Congress and signed into law by John Adams. The significance is that these laws took away certain freedoms such as the first amendment.

Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions


The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions was a bunch of political statements in which the Kentucky and Virginia legislatures suggested and put to action that the alien and sedition acts were unconstitutional. The significance is that it supported the idea of having more self government and more rights for states.

Election of Thomas Jefferson

February 17, 1801

The election was a realigning election that ushered in a generation of Democratic-Republican Party rule and the eventual demise of the Federalist Party in the First Party System. The significance of the election of Thomas Jefferson is that it was initially a contest between President John Adams, a Federalist seeking a second term and Thomas Jefferson, the Democratic- Republican vice president seeking his own term as President.