vents that occurred under the Articles of the Confederation up to the creation of the Constitution

  • The Articles of Confederation

    The Articles of Confederation served as the written document that established the functions of the national government of the United States after it declared independence from Great Britain.It attempted to create national coordination while avoiding national government. Drafted in 1777, it was not approved by the states until 1781.
  • Movement of Settlers Westward

    Large numbers of settlerscmoved to new stretches of land available in the West following the Revolutionary War. The legal problems resulting from this expansion were immense.
  • The Ordinance of 1784

    The Ordinance of 1784 was an early effort by the government of the newly formed United States to deal with the territory north and west of the Ohio River Despite this, the government formed by the Articles of Confederation faced numerous problems gaining control of the land. Many Native Americans did not agree with the claim that the land belonged to the United States. Numerous states, especially Connecticut and VirginLand would initially be divided into districts under the control of Congress.
  • The Ordiance of 1785

    The Ordinance of 1785 dictated that land be surveyed and divided into townships & again be divided into 36 sections. The Ordinance of 1785 put the 1784 resolution in operation by providing a mechanism for selling and settling the land, while the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 addressed political needs.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shays' Rebellion was an armed uprising that took place in central and western Massachusetts in 1786 and 1787. The rebellion was named after Daniel Shays, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War and one of the rebel leaders. The rebellion started on August 29, 1786. It was precipitated by several factors: financial difficulties brought about by a post-war economic depression, a credit squeeze caused by a lack of hard currency, and fiscally harsh government policies instituted in 1785
  • The Northwest Ordinance of 1787

    The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 required the establishment of three to five states north of the Ohio River and east of the Mississippi River. This allowed for the US to admit the Western population as equal members of the political system instead of ruling over them. act of the Congress of the Confederation of the United States, passed July 13, 1787. The primary effect of the ordinance was the creation of the Northwest Territory, the first organized territory of the United States,
  • The Constitutional Convention

    The Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia in 1787 and drafted the United States Constitution. The convention was called because the federal government established by the Articles of Confederation was considered to be too weak to effectively deal with the states' issues. Officially, the purpose of the convention was to revise the Articles of Confederation. Many feel that this was a drastic understatement, and that the real goal of many of its key proponents was to replace the A.O.C.