Our Past Affects our Present

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Many people did NOT know America existed!

Explorers from Spain, France, Portugal, and England left their homes for 4 reasons.

1. To find a water route to Asia

2. To find spices and herbs for cooking and medicine

3. Search for gold, silk, and riches

4. To become famous... you all know Columbus!

Native Americans

They ALREADY lived here. They helped the settlers and explorers learn to live on the land, hunt, fish, and grow crops!
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Upset Colonists

The colonists lived in the new land but the King of Great Britain forced the colonists to pay taxes and did not allow them to help make laws.

They said this was "UNFAIR!"

They decided in 1775 to DECLARE their Independence and say "NO MORE ENGLAND!"

The American Revolution began in 1775 because the colonists wanted to rule themselves and thought Great Britain was UNFAIR.

The colonists signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 and said NO MORE ENGLAND!

After the Revolution

The Colonists were FREE!

We became the United States of America!

We made our own laws and decided we needed a Constitution.
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Our Constitution


After the American Revolution when we were FREE FROM Great Britain, we needed laws and a government.

In 1787, a group of men met to write the Constitution. They did not like the way the country was going. They fixed it by creating the Constitution. We call these men The Framers.

Some of the framers are very famous.

George Washington was a Framer. So was Ben Franklin.

The law is the set of rules that we live by. The Constitution belongs to the United States. It belongs to all Americans.

The Constitution says how the government works. It formed the THREE branches of our Government.

It creates the Presidency.

It creates the Congress.

It creates the Supreme Court.

TODAY, it tells us our rights and our laws.

George Washington

~ led the Colonists in the American Revolution

~ helped write our Constitution

~ became our First President of the United States on April 30, 1789
*** elected to be President TWICE

~ helped design our United States Capital City, Washington, D.C.

Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lXnfitSoYw

How did George Washington help our country? Why is he important?
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Bill Becomes a Law

First you Think about a PROBLEM!!!

Come up with a solution called a BILL!

The LEGISTLATIVE branch WRITES it down, TALKS about it, and VOTES!

They give it to the President, the EXECUTIVE branch.

The President signs it YES... it's a LAW, or VETOS it NO, it goes back to the Legislative Branch!

The JUDICIAL branch JUDGES the law!.

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