United States Government Unit 1 Project
The first colonists left Great Britain to escape religious persecution. They traveled across the Atlantic Ocean on a ship. They come to live in what was then known as the New World. The first Colony was founded at Jamestown, Virginia in 1607. It was a long and miserable journey, that seemed as if it would never end.
The first settlers didn't have any homes or shelters to sleep in. They had to sleep outside, and many got sick and died of illness. It wasn't very comfortable at first. They weren't used to this new habitat, and didn't really know how to eat and survive in the wild.
As time passed the colonists learned from the Indians how to hunt and fish. They also learned how to build shelter. As this went on the King of Great Britain grew angry with the colonists. The colonists still depended on Great Britain for supplies and stuff, he took advantage of this.
The colonists were tired of being bullied around and being taxed to death by the king. They began to ponder and discuss what they could do about it. So they formed the First Continental Congress to organize colonial resistance to the Parliaments Coercive Acts.
After declaring independence from Great Britain in 1776,the delegates at the second Continental Congress began to create a government. In 1777 Congress Submitted the nations first Constitution, The Articles of Confederation, to the states, who ratified it a few years later.
After many ratification's, meetings, and years of hard work the United States Constitution was finally signed on September 17, 1787. It was a wonderful day for the Colonists of America and a major milestone!
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