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The Northwest Ordinance

A New Nation<BR>(1776-1830)
A New Nation

The Northwest Ordinance
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.95

     challenging words:    equality, original, forbade, colonial, delegate, participate, based, jury, religion, slavery, govern, education, equal, conflict, freedom, fairly
     content words:    American Revolution, United States, East Coast, Northwest Ordinance, Northwest Territory, Ohio River, Mississippi River, Great Lakes, Revolutionary War, New York

The Northwest Ordinance
By Sharon Fabian

1     The American Revolution was over. The colonists had won! There was a new country called the United States of America.
2     This happened on the East Coast in the late 1700s, but what about the rest of the huge area of land that makes up the United States today? How did all of that land become states of the United States?
3     The Northwest Ordinance had a lot to do with it. The Northwest Ordinance was a law passed by Congress that set out rules for a section of the future United States called the Northwest Territory.
4     The Northwest Territory was the land west of Pennsylvania, north of the Ohio River, and east of the Mississippi River. On the north it was bordered by the Great Lakes and Canada.
5     During the time just after the Revolutionary War, parts of the Northwest Territory were claimed by Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. Their claims were based on their original colonial charters that gave them land extending far to the west of the current state boundaries. States that did not have any claim to western land objected to certain states claiming such large areas. They feared that those states would become too large and powerful.

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