Northwest Ordinance Approved by New U.S. Senate Under U.S. Constitution

Northwest Ordinance Approved by New U.S. Senate Under U.S. Constitution

Northwest Territory (1787)
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Northwest Ordinance: The U.S. Senate, newly created under the U.S. Constitution, votes to approve of Ordinance for the Government of the Territory of the United States, North-West of the River Ohio, better known as the Northwest Ordinance.

This is a slightly amended version of an original ordinance passed in 1787 under the Articles of Confederation. It is arguably the most important piece of legislation passed by members of the original Continental Congress outside of the Declaration of Independence.

Under the original legislation, the individually sovereign original states were given the authority to administer the territory. Now that administration of the territories is placed with the central government, the authority of the United States government to expand westward and create new states that will be admitted to the union is firmly established.

Included in the original ordinance were concepts and guarantees which have been incorporated in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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