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The articles created a loose confederation of independent states that gave limited powers to a central government. The national government would consist of a single house of Congress, where each state would have one vote.

While the Articles of Confederation had many weaknesses, it was able to accomplish much. It held the states together until the Constitution was written. It developed a fair policy for the development of the western lands. The states ceded their claims to the lands west of the Appalachians to the central government. This helped forge a feeling of national unity and congress under the Articles enacted laws to organize the western territories and admit new states on an equal footing with the original states. The Articles successfully negotiated a peace with Great Britain ending the Revolutionary War. Congressional departments of Forgeign Affairs, War, Marine, and Treasury were established, each under a secretary. This set the precedent for the creation of the executive cabinets under the Constitution. The Articles also encouraged cooperation among the states. Though not always successful, the Articles provided that each state give "full faith and credit" to the legal acts of the other states

the articles of confederation could not;-levy taxes -regulate trade-settle disputes among states-collect state debts owed to it -enforce any of its powers.

The articles gave the government no separation of powers. The government was too weak, the Articles left much of the power to the states (if I remember correctly, states basically went by their own state constitution). Congress didn't have the power to tax. To change the Articles, it had to be decided unanimously by all states. Also, 9 out of the 13 states had to approve any major law before it was passed and Congress couldn't regulate commerce. There was no president to lead, no established court system, and every state had only one vote in congress

congress had the power to amend the articles of confederation

The powers of the a.c. were passing the land ordinance of 1785, passed the Northwest Ordinance, negotiated the treaty of Paris at the end of the war, and governed the nation during the Revolutionary War.

Articles of Confederation!



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