The NorthWest Ordinance
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What is the background of the NorthWest Ordinance?
1. Confederation Congress had to decide how to organize the western lands that it controlled.
2. Northwest Ordinance was passed to make sure that the land in the Northwest territory was settled in a peaceful and orderly way.
What is the NorthWest Ordinance?
1. This law was passed by Confederation Congress in 1787.
2. It laid down the rules by which territories would be settled and the produres by which territories could become states:
-Initially people living in a territory would not have many political rights, and the government officals in the territory would be appointed,not elected. As the population of the territory grew, the inhabitants would be allowed the right to elect their local legislature.
-When there were 60,000 people in the territory, they could apply to Congress to become a state.
Why is the NorthWest Ordinance important?
1. The Northwest Ordinance was an important law because it established the pattern by which the rest of the West would be settled.
2. All other territories would have to go through the same process of becoming a state.
3. The Northwest Ordinance made sure that the settlement of the West was orderly.
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