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The first Continental Congress met in Carpenter's Hall in Philadelphia. were elected by the people, by the colonial legislatures, or by the committees of correspondence of the respective colonies. The colonies presented there were united in a determination to show a combined authority to Great Britain, but their aims were not uniform at all.
The reasons for the declaration were: getting reluctant colonists on board, explaining the colonists' position on the purpose of government , listing the colonists' grievances against King George III to show the legitimacy of their actions to others, and to encourage foreign nations to help them. Another purpose of the Declaration of Independence was to boldly state their reasons for separation with Britain to both their friends and their enemies.
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.
The Iroquois Nation is a confederation of five Native American tribes. it was one of the first attempts to establish a confederacy of independent states. The relation of the confederacy to these independent states as well as the mechanism for making decisions collectively would form the basis of the governing body of the Iroquois League.
The Bill of Rights was passed by Parliament in December 1689. John Locke was a major contributor to the English Bill of Rights, passed in a Parliamentary Act of 1689. The Bill of Rights 1689 is largely a statement of certain positive rights that its authors considered that citizens and/or residents of a free and democratic society ought to have.
The social contract theory holds that in earliest history man lived in a "state of nature." No government existed. Each man was only as secure as his own power and mental awareness could make him. By agreeing with one another to make a state by contract, men within a given area joined together, each surrendering personal freedom as necessary to promote the safety and well being of all. By this contract the members created a government.
It is considered the first written constitution (plan of government) in British North America. Many Colonies later copied this constitution and some are even in the constituiton of America today. when conneticut representatives met up to decide how the rights to livestock would remain and be withheld written on Jan 14, 1639 by Thomas Hooker
The Mayflower Compact was signed on November 11,1620 on board the Mayflower, which was at anchor in Provincetown Harbor.The Mayflower Compact is a written agreement composed by a consensus of the new Settlers arriving at New Plymouth. In a way, this was the first American Constitution, though the Compact in practical terms had little influence on subsequent American documents.
It was the first repersenative democracy in Virginia.22 members were elected by the colony as a whole, or actually men over 17 who also owned land. The House of Burgesses, which met at first only once a year, could make laws.
Magna Carta is a document that King John of England was forced into signing.The purpose of the Magna Carta was to curb the King and make him govern by the old English laws that had prevailed before the Normans came.