The Development of Self-Government

By: Karissa Oliver

Magna Carta

The Magna Carta was established in 1215. The significance of this charter is it was written by a group of 13th-century barons to protect their right and their property against a tyrannical king.

1. It protected people's rights

2. Proper taxation

English Bill of Rights

The English Bill of Rights was created in 1689. The bill is important because it is a perscuror of the U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights, along with the Magna Carta.

1. It limited the power of the English sovereign

2. We now have individual rights

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Virginia House of Burgesses

The Virginia House of Burgesses was established in 1619 by the English colonists. It was the first legislature in the English colonies in America. Its first order of business was to set a mininmum price for the sale of tobacco.

1. It was the first representative government in the colonies

2. They are figuring out ways to make our world better

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Mayflower Compact

The Mayflower Compact was created in 1620. It was created to prevent dissent amongst Puritans and non-separist Pilgrams who had landed at Plymouth. It was the first written framework of government establishing self-rule in what is now the United States.

1. It was the first written framework of all government

2. To created laws for the Puritans and the Pilgrams

Fundamental Orders of Connecticut

This document was created in 1639. It was the first written constitution in North America. The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut was adopted by the residents of Hartford, Windsor, and Wethersfield.

1. It is composed of 11 orders and was written for the good and orderly government to order and dispose of people's affairs.

2. It had lawmaking, executive, and judicial power

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Colonial Rights

Colonial Rights have expanded overtime because we have more rights than the English did. We have learned from our mistakes and we have made more laws for us to abide by so we all have equal rights.