Salutary Neglect

Salutary Neglect

Settling of Jamestown

1607

On May 14, 1607 a group of 100 members founded the first permanent English settlement in North America surviving just barely until 1610 when a new group of settlers arrived.

Virginia House of Burgesses

1619

The first group of elected representatives established by the Virginia Company to promote settling in the area and improve the living conditions of the area.

Mayflower Compact

1620

41 colonists on the Mayflower ship signed this compact making it the first written established government in what is now the United States.

Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock

1620

Around 100 English men and woman anchored at Plymouth Rock in December of 1620. Around half of the settlers died but the survivors created the first permanent settlement in New England.

Fundamental Orders of Connecticut

1639

This was one of the first constitutions written in western tradition made by the Connecticut River towns describing the government’s structure and powers.

Bacon's Rebellion

1676

An armed rebellion led by Nathaniel Bacon against the rule of William Berkeley who did not regard the colonist’s demands. #bacon

Glorious Revolution

1688

The overthrowing of King James II of England by English Parliamentarians who were fed up with King James’ religious tolerance and ties with Catholicism.

English (British) Bill of Rights

1689

An act declaring the rights and liberties of the people of England settling the succession of the crown. Re-established the monarchy as a result of the Glorious Revolution.

Salem Witch Trials

1692

A series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in Massachusetts where many of the accused died. This is one of the most notorious displays of mass hysteria.

John Peter Zenger

1734

This publisher went on trial accused of publishing info opposing the government. Andrew Hamilton defended him in court, won the case and established a basis for freedom of press.