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Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
Transcript of Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
Hannah Ortega, Taylor DeCarlo, Elizabeth Hess, Ciera Otte, Cecilia Davis, and Kaeli Wilburn.
The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut was established on January 14, 1639.
This document was the organization of representative government in detail. The document also described the government set up by the Connecticut River towns, setting its structures and powers.
It was the first written constitution in North America. It was written by the Puritan Clergymen. It composed of a preamble and 11 orders.
How Did it Impact the Colonies?
The document impacted the colonies because it was the first written constitution in North America. It set the structures and powers of the Government. Also the document provided a detailed plan of government where sovereign power rested with the people.
Understanding the Language of the Document
"...the Word of God requires that, to maintain the peace and union of such a people, there should be an orderly and decent government established according to God,...do therefore associate and conjoin ourselves to be as one public state or commonwealth..."
What Evidence of this Document is in Today's Society?
Much of what was in the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut in still seen today. There is now a National Constitution that consists of a preamble and amendments which they called orders. They also had elections. They had governors and 3 branches of Government which we have today, which were the Executive, Judicial, and the Lawmaking branch (Legislative).
This means by the will of God the colonist have to keep the colony together and in pece, to sustain order, and have an understanding government that works with the people.
The Colonist wanted to feel that they had the same rights when they were back in England, so it made things fair to the colonists and their King.
Why Did It Impact the Colonies?