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Magna Carta and Its American Legacy Monday 18-Dec-00 145512 24142877 writes National Archives and Records Administration Magna Carta and Its American Legacy Before penning the Declaration of Independence--the first of the American Charters of Freedom--in 1776 the Founding Fathers searched for a historical precedent for asserting their rightful liberties from King George III and the English Parliament They found it in a gathering that took place 561 years earlier on the plains of Runnymede not far from where Windsor Castle stands today There on June 15 1215 an assembly of barons confronted a despotic and cash-strapped King John and demanded that traditional rights be recognized written down confirmed with the royal seal and sent to each of the counties to be read to all freemen The result was Magna Carta--a momentous achievement for the English barons and nearly six centuries later an inspiration for angry American colonists Magna Carta was the result of the Angevin kings disastrous foreign policy and overzealous financial administration John had suffered a staggering blow the previous year having lost an important battle to King Philip II at Bouvines and with it all hope of regaining the French lands he had inherited When the defeated John returned from the Continent he attempted to rebuild his coffers by demanding scutage a fee paid in lieu of military service from the barons who had not joined his war with Philip The barons in question predominantly lords of northern estates protested condemning Johns policies and insisting on a reconfirmation of Henry Is Coronation Oath 1100 which would in theory limit the kings ability to obtain funds As even Henry ignored the provisions of this charter however a reconfirmation would not necessarily guarantee fewer taxes But John refused to withdraw his demands and by spring most baronial families began to take sides The rebelling barons soon faltered before Johns superior resources but with the unexpected capture of London they earned
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