The Articles of Confederation was our first plan of government after the Revolutionary War. One success this plan of government had was in how it dealt with the organization and the sale of western lands.
The Land Ordinance of 1785 was an excellent law that allowed for an orderly process to deal with lands in the West. The western lands were divided into townships that were six miles wide and six miles long. Each township was divided into 36 squares. The land was sold for $1.00 an acre. Most of the sections in a township were available for sale.
This law created a structured process for organizing the lands in the West. It also allowed the government to make money from the sale of these lands. Since the government couldn’t levy taxes, the sale of land was one way for the government to receive income.
The Land Ordinance of 1785 was one success of the government created by the Articles of Confederation.