Whenever we hear the words "founding fathers" we think of the signing of the Constitution.
But the "real" founding fathers of America are the founders of the 13 COLONIES.
Most colonists came here as PILGRIMS or SEPARATISTS, searching for religious TOLERANCE or a better life.
WILLIAM PENN was one of these colonists searching for religious freedom. He was a QUAKER who launched the colony of Pennsylvania as a holy experiment after recieving a CHARTER from the king.
Rebels usually changed America for the better, but it wasn't always this way. NATHANIEL BACON was the leader of a rebellion and tried to capture Indian territory.
One of the first permanent colonies in America was founded by a man named JOHN SMITH. He was strict, but fair, and helped Jamestown get through the starving time.
The second leader of this ROYAL COLONY was WILLAIM BRADFORD. He helped Jamestown get through Indian raids and starvation.
Another one was JOHN PETER ZENGER, who was a journalist, who was jailed for questioning the policies of the governor of New York.
This is Virginia's representative governmental system: the HOUSE OF BURGESSES.
It was founded in the church at Jamestown, and it was the first type of government (representative) in the colonies.
Speaking of churches, JOHNATHAN EDWARDS was one of the many Puritans who led revivals for the Catholic Faith.
Other famous Puritan rebels include ANNE HUTCHINSON, who was banished from the Massachusetts Bay colony for disagreeing with the church, and ROGER WILLIAMS, who believed Puritans were too powerful. They both founded Rhode Island.