Salutary Neglect

Salutary Neglect

Settling of Jamestown


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


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


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


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


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


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

Glorious Revolution


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


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


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


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.