On January 14, 1986, the current constitution of
Guatemala took effect.
Read the Spanish-language text of the constitution, as amended in 1993.
On January 14, 1639, the first written governmental
constitution in modern history was adopted in the Colony of
Connecticut. The Fundamental
Orders represented the first time that a government was
based upon a written constitution anywhere in the world. Along with
the Mayflower Compact, the Fundamental Orders served as bases for
United States Constitution 150 years later, which in turn influenced
the development of later constitutions throughout the world.
Three hundred and twenty-six years after the original Fundamental Orders were adopted by Connecticut, the modern Constitution of Connecticut was ratified.
On January 14, 1639, Connecticut adopted its first constitution, one of the earliest such documents in the American colonies. Review the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut.