world.Look up (Constitution of May 3, 1791)Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791 (Polish: Konstytucja Trzeciego Maja) was adopted as a “Government Act” (Polish: Ustawa rzÃÂ dowa) on that date by the Sejm (parliament) of the PolishÃ¢ÂÂLithuanian Commonwealth. Historian Norman Davies calls it “the first constitution of its type in Europe”The May 3rd Constitution was designed to redress long-standing political defects of the PolishÃ¢ÂÂLithuanian Commonwealth and its traditional system of “Golden Liberty” conveying disproportionate rights and privileges to the nobility. The Constitution introduced political equality between townspeople and nobility (szlachta) and placed the peasants under the protection of the government, thus mitigating the worst abuses of serfdom. The Constitution abolished pernicious parliamentary institutions such as the liberum veto, which at one time had put the sejm at the mercy of any deputy who might choose, or be bribed by an interest or foreign power, to undo legislation passed by that sejm. The Constitution sought to supplant the existing anarchy fostered by some of the country’s magnates with a more democratic constitutional monarchy.The Constitution was created by Polish King StanisÃ Âaw August Poniatowski, StanisÃ Âaw MaÃ Âachowski, Hugo KoÃ ÂÃ ÂÃÂ taj, Ignacy Potocki, StanisÃ Âaw Staszic, Scipione Piattoli and others.
The first democratic constitution in the world was created in the United States of America, the second one was the Constitution of May 3, 1791 created in Poland. It was the first democratic constitution in Europe!