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Articles of Confederation, ratified March 1, 1781
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During the more than five thousand days that the Articles were in effect, the United States fought and won the War for Independence, negotiated a brilliant peace settlement, and created a functioning bureaucracy. The crowning achievement of the government under the Articles of Confederation was the 1787 Northwest Ordinance, which provided for the orderly expansion of a republican form of government into the western territories.

This document consists of six sheets of parchment stitched together.

The last sheet bears the signatures of delegates from all thirteen states.

National Archives, Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention

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