- What Did the Framers Have in Mind When They Created the Constitution?The Constitution of the United States is the “blueprint” that shaped the establishment of our governmental institutions. It was developed by fifty-five men who met in Philadelphia in 1787 as delegates from twelve of the thirteen newly formed states that had declared their independence from Great Britain in 1776. Many were students of the history of government in western civilization from the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans to their day. Many were also experienced in government and knowledgeable about government of their colonies for the more than 150 years before the American Revolution resulted in their independence. They used this knowledge and experience in creating the Constitution. This video explains why they created the kind of system they established which has lasted with significant modifications to this day.