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The Glorious Revolution (1688) and Rebellion in the American Colonies

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The Glorious Revolution of 1688 and Rebellion in the American Colonies

This project is to identify profiles of the (sometimes forgotten) patriots who led the way to what became the American nation.

Collaborators, please feel free to edit the overview, add resources, and invite more collaborators.


The Glorious Revolution - Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights

The Magna Carta started the process of establishing the democratic basis of the English Monarchy in 1215, but it was not until the English Revolution, known as the ‘Glorious Revolution’ that the process of democracy was really established by the Bill of Rights 1689.



The Glorious Revolution of 1688 is considered by some as being one of the most important events in the long evolution of the respective powers of Parliament and the Crown in England. With the passage of the Bill of Rights, it stamped out once and for all any possibility of a Catholic monarchy, and ended moves towards absolute monarchy in the British kingdoms by circumscribing the monarch's powers.

The Glorious Revolution was greeted with great joy in England, and the results of the Glorious Revolution was also seen as an example for the American colonists. The English had rebelled against the monarchy so why shouldn't the American colonies? A precedent had been set.

In North America, the Glorious Revolution precipitated the --

  • 1689 Boston revolt in which a well-organized "mob" of provincial militia and citizens successfully deposed the hated governor Edmund Andros, which has been seen as a precedent for the American War of Independence a century later.
  • In New York, Leisler's Rebellion caused the colonial administrator, Francis Nicholson, to flee to England.
  • A third event, Maryland's Protestant Rebellion was directed against the proprietary government, seen as Catholic-dominated

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Order returned to the colonies in 1691 when royal authority was re-established. The colonies reverted to their previous forms of government and new charters were eventually issued by King William III and Queen Mary II.

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