erly events leading to American documents

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  • Boston massacre

    On this fateful night, a small group of Boston colonists began throwing snowballs at and taunting the British military troops in order to vent their frustrations. The soldiers then retaliated by opening fire on the Bostonians, killing four of them. This event then became referred to as the Boston Massacre
  • 1st continental congress

    The first Continental Congress met in Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia, from September 5, to October 26, 1774. Carpenter's Hall was also the seat of the Pennsylvania Congress.The colonies presented there were united in a determination to show a combined authority to Great Britain
  • 2nd continental congress

    On May 10, 1775, the members of the Second Continental Congress met at the State House in Philadelphia .The Second Continental Congress meeting started with the battle of Lexington and Concord fresh in their memories. The New England militia were still encamped outside of Boston trying to drive the British out of Boston. The Second Continental Congress established the militia as the Continental Army to represent the thirteen states. They also elected George Washington as Commander in Chief of th
  • decleration of independence

    fifty-six men, on the authority of the good people of the colonies, signed the Declaration of Independence, mutually pledging to each other their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.
  • common sense was published

    Published in 1776, Common Sense challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy. The plain language that Paine used spoke to the common people of America and was the first work to openly ask for independence from Great Britain.
  • english bill of rights

    The first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States became known as the Bill of Rights because they contained freedoms that Americans held to be their inalienable rights. So important were these rights that several states insisted on a promise of amendments guaranteeing individual rights before they would ratify the Constitution
  • magna carta is drafted