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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Articles of Confederation

Articles of Confederation. Available from Our Documents.

On 15 November 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation, which established a weak central government and a loose confederation of sovereign states. A president was not included. The states, not the central government, had the power of taxation.

On 16 December 1777, Virginia became the first state to ratify the Articles.The last of the thirteen states to ratify the Articles was Maryland; ratification took place on 2 February 1781. On 1 March 1781, a ceremonial confirmation of the final ratification took place in Congress.

Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union Between the States of New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, and Providence plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Williamsburg, VA: Alexander Purdie, 1777. Available from Library of Congress.

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