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Important Documents

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Magna Carta (1215) Document signed by King John of England; declared the King and the government were bound by the same laws as ordinary citizens
Mayflower Compact (1620) Document signed by the Pilgrims on the ship called the Mayflower before Plymouth was founded. First form of self government in the colonies, they declared to work together and abide by a set of laws
Virginia House of Burgesses (1619) Elected assembly in Virginia, first form of representative government in the colonies
Fundamental Orders of Connecticut (1630's) First written Constitution in the colonies
Declaration of Independence (July 4. 1776) Document written by Thomas Jefferson; declared our independence from England (Great Britain)
United States Constitution (1787) Document that established the current government that guides out country
Bill of RIghts First 10 Amendments to the Constitution, guaranteed specific rights that American citizens have that the government can not take away
Monroe Doctrine Written by James Monroe; document that declared American foreign policy; stated that Europe should stay out of the affairs of the Western Hemisphere and the United States would not interfere with Europe
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