2. What were the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation?

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There were strengths and weaknesses with the plan of government created by the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation did a good job in organizing western lands and in selling them. The Land Ordinance of 1785 accomplished this. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 also established the process a territory would follow to eventually become a state. The plan of government created by the Articles of Confederation helped get the United States through the difficult early years of the United States becoming a country.

There were problems with the plan of government created by the Articles of Confederation. The federal government that was created was a weak one. It could not levy taxes or force people to join the military. As a result, the new government faced significant financial problems. It also made it difficult for the government to respond to countries, such as Spain and Great Britain, who interfered with trade and encouraged the Native Americans to attack the United States. It also was difficult to pass a law or change the Articles of Confederation. Nine states needed to vote for a proposed law, and thirteen states needed to agree to change the Articles of Confederation. Finally, since there were no courts, states had no place to resolve disputes with each other.

The plan of government created by the Articles of Confederation had strengths and weaknesses.

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