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Analyze the Degree to Which the Articles of Confederation Provided an Effective Form of Government with Respect to Any Two of the Following: Foreign Relations, Economic Conditions, Western Lands

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The Articles of Confederation were designed to offer Americans the protection of a government without the tyranny associated with George III. During the time period in which they were in use, their effectiveness was tested through events dealing with foreign relations, economic conditions and the settlement of western lands. Although the Articles experienced some success in dealing with western lands, the general effectiveness of the articles was poor and created potential problems for the young nation.

Under the Articles a system was established for the successful settlement of western lands. The Land Ordinance of 1787 divided the Northwest Territory into six square mile townships and set aside one section of each township for public education. The Northwest Ordinance established the method by which the Northwest Territory was to be divided into states. Under this ordinance, there was to be no slavery in these territories and the population would determine a new state’s time of entering the union. These land ordinances were extremely effective and were utilized even after the Articles had been destroyed.

But not all of the events under the Articles were this successful. Internal economic conditions as well as foreign affairs developed in such a way that American livelihood was affected. After the Revolutionary War Britain maintained a stronghold in North America by maintaining their trading posts in the Northwest Territory. This action was in direct opposition to the terms agreed upon in the Treaty of Paris and dampened British-American relations. Since Britain was a major world power and America was only a fledgling nation, this posed a serious threat to the U.S. The British not only maintained these trading posts but encouraged Indian raids on American settlers and freely navigated the Great Lakes. This continuing British presence in the U.S. was a threat to American independence. Since Congress could not raise an army, it was difficult for the US...

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