Outline Of The Declaration Of Independence

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Unit II 1754-1800
1. Declaration of Independence 1776
• The Declaration of independence was a document written by Thomas Jefferson that declared America’s independence from Britain. The document also stated the natural rights of the people: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
2. Treaty Alliance of 1778
• The Treaty Alliance of 1778 was an alliance created between the United States and France during American Revolution. The alliance gave the United States a significant advantage as they had additional troops and supplies.
3. Articles of Confederation 1781-1789
• The Articles of Confederation was America’s first constitution. The Articles of Confederation was written during the American Revolution and established the powers of the new government. The document was weak and ultimately didn’t last very long because of a weak national government and strong loosely based state governments.
4. Treaty of Paris 1783
• The Treaty of Paris ended the American Revolution. Britain finally recognized America’s independence. John Jay, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams were representatives in the treaty.
5. Land Ordinance of 1785
• The Land Ordinance of 1785 was one of the Articles of Confederation’s accomplishments. It divided the United States into a system of townships. Each township was divided into sections each with a different function such school or religion.
6. Annapolis Convention 1786
• The Annapolis Convention was called to address the issues of trade and commerce
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