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2 Northwest Territory One of the most important accomplishments under the Articles of Confederation Planned to sell land to raise revenue By 1784, a plethora of individuals moved westward –Caused problems with Native Americans –Federal leaders could not afford to fight wars; decided to regulate settlement

3 THE NORTHWEST ORDINANCE of 1787

4 THE NORTHWEST ORDINANCE I.CONFEDERATION: a group of loosely joined, but sovereign states.

5 THE NORTHWEST ORDINANCE A.Problem: Many states made claims to the western lands (Northwest Territory).  Boundaries of the Northwest Territory: Great Lakes (north), Pennsylvania (east), Ohio River (south), Mississippi River (west)

6 THE NORTHWEST ORDINANCE B.Solution to the Problem: All states agreed to cede (give) their claims to Congress, so Congress can sell the land for the good of the country (confederation). NATIONAL DOMAIN – Public land

7 THE NORTHWEST ORDINANCE II.LAND ORDINANCE of 1785: Congress ’ s plan to sell the land of the Northwest Territory. A.Rectangular Survey System – carefully surveyed the land into squares to be sold.

8 THE NORTHWEST ORDINANCE 1.Township – the largest division of land. It is thirty-six square miles.

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10 THE NORTHWEST ORDINANCE 2.Section – 36 sections in a township. It is one square mile or 640 acres.

11 THE NORTHWEST ORDINANCE 3.Acre – the smallest division of land. It sold for $1 per acre. The average size farm was 40 acres. So, it sold for $40.

12 THE NORTHWEST ORDINANCE B.Education – the sale from one section of each township goes to start a school for that township. How much went for education? Answer: $640

13 III.THE NORTHWEST ORDINANCE of 1787 this document establishes… the principles and procedures for the orderly expansion of the United States.

14 THE NORTHWEST ORDINANCE of 1787 A.Statehood: 1.When the population reaches 5,000 adult males the area can: a.Establish an elected assembly b.Governor still had absolute veto power

15 THE NORTHWEST ORDINANCE of When the population reaches 60,000 adult males the area can: a.can write a state constitution and apply for statehood. b.If Congress approves the state Constitution that area will become a state.

16 THE NORTHWEST ORDINANCE of 1787 Five states: Indiana (1816) Ohio (1803 ) Illinois (1818) Michigan (1837) Wisconsin (1848)

17 THE NORTHWEST ORDINANCE of 1787 Rights Guaranteed: 1.Trial by jury 2.Public education 3.Freedom of religion 4.Prohibition of slavery


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