Leading up to the constitution

Events

Intolerable Act

1774

The series of acts British Parliament passed in 1774 in reaction to the Boston Tea Party came to be known in the American colonies as the Intolerable Acts.

Green Mountain boys capture Fort Ticonderoga

1775

The Capture of Fort Ticonderoga occurred during the American Revolutionary War on May 10, 1775, when a small force of Green Mountain Boys led by Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold overcame a small British garrison at the fort and looted the personal belongings of the garrison. Cannons and other armaments from the fort were later transported to Boston and used to fortify Dorchester Heights and break the standoff at the Siege of Boston.

The Liberty Bell Rings

1776

With the Liberty Bell ringing out from the tower of Independence Hall summoning the citizens of Philadelphia to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.

The War in the South

1778

The South does not fully match the geographic south of the United States but is commonly defined as including the states that fought for the Confederate States of America in the American Civil War.

Spain declares war on Great Britain in support of the US, and the siege of Gibraltar begins.

1779

The siege was an unsuccessful attempt by Spain and France to capture Gibraltar from the British during the American War of Independence (1775 -1783). ... France had already declared war on Britain in 1778, and in April 1779, they, along with Spain, signed the Treaty of Aranjuez.

Battle of Cape St. Vincent

1780

The Battle of Cape St Vincent was one of the opening battles of the Anglo-Spanish War (1796–1808), as part of the French Revolutionary Wars, where a British fleet under Admiral Sir John Jervis defeated a larger Spanish fleet under Admiral Don José de Córdoba y Ramos near Cape St. Vincent, Portugal.

General George Washington, commanding a force of 17,000 French and Continental troops, begins the siege known as the Battle of Yorktown against British

1781

General George Washington, commanding a force of 17,000 French and Continental troops, begins the siege known as the Battle of Yorktown against British General Lord Charles Cornwallis and a contingent of 9,000 British troops at Yorktown, Virginia, in the most important battle of the Revolutionary War.

Bank of North America Open is Philadelphia

1782

The President, Directors, and Company, of the Bank of North America, commonly known as the Bank of North America, was a private bank first adopted on May 26, 1781 by the Confederation Congress, chartered on December 31, 1781, and opened in Philadelphia on January 7, 1782.

The U.S. Constitution established America's national government

1787

fundamental laws, and guaranteed certain basic rights for its citizens. It was signed on September 17, 1787, by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, presided over by George Washington.

Ratification of the Constitution

1788

The first state to ratify was Delaware, on December 7, 1787, by a unanimous vote, 30 - 0. The featured document is an endorsed ratification of the federal Constitution by the Delaware convention. ... When a bill of rights was proposed in Congress in 1789, North Carolina ratified the Constitution.