|Colony into Commonwealth
CREATING A GOVERNMENT
READ AND DISCUSS
When Virginia declared its independence from Great Britain in 1776, it was taking a big step. Virginia broke away from its old form of government. The next step was for Virginia to create its own government. The plan for government was contained in a document called a constitution.
George Mason wrote most of the first draft of the constitution for Virginia. The Virginia leaders who were meeting in Williamsburg discussed the draft and changed parts of it. After about three weeks of meetings, they finally agreed on what the constitution should say. The new government of Virginia came into being!
Read "Constitution Basics: 1776." Make a diagram to illustrate the information given about Virginia's new government.
CONSTITUTION BASICS: 1776
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