Bostonians protested the tax on tea by dressing up as Indians and dumping huge amounts of British tea into Boston Harbor.
Declaration of Independence
Jul 4, 1776
The Continental Congress met up to give formal reasons for the colonies declaration of independence from Britain, listing all of the King's abuses of their natural rights.
Articles of Confederation
Mar 1, 1781
The Articles of Confederation was the independent United States' first constitution, which attempted to give more power to the state governments to avoid another powerful ruler like England.
Aug 29, 1786
The Massachusetts state government under the Articles taxed and foreclosed the land of poor farmers to repay debt from the Revolution, leading to a rebellion.
Jul 13, 1787
With new territory in the Northwest after the Revolution, the US needed an orderly way to admit new states.
Mar 4, 1789
The Articles of Confederation created too weak of a federal government and caused economic problems and internal unrest.
Bill of Rights
Dec 15, 1791
Jefferson and the Anti-federalists disliked the Constitution for not giving enough power to the state governments and not outright protecting the rights of the people.
Proclamation of Neutrality
Apr 22, 1793
The conflict between France and England put the US in a tough position, since war could break out if it looked like the US was choosing sides. Washington therefore declared the US as neutral in the conflict, despite Federalists favoring the British and Anti-federalists favoring the French
Nov 19, 1794
War between Brtain and France caused the US to be stuck in the middle. Federalists wanted to ally with Britain, their biggest trading partner.
Thomas Jefferson becomes President of US
Dec 30, 1800
John Adams, representing Federalists, and Thomas Jefferson, representing Democratic-Republicans, ran against each other for the office of President. Jefferson won against Adams.