An ordinance for the government of the territory of the United States, north-west of the river Ohio ...
The famous Northwest Ordinance prescribed the stages of government to be followed by any given area in order to become a state and guaranteed certain rights of its inhabitants. As a result of this Ordinance the United States solved the problem of "colonies" which had baffled Great Britain, by allowing new territories to form into states and be admitted to the Union on an equal footing with the original thirteen states. Thirty-one of our fifty states were carved out under the basic pattern of the Ordinance of 1787. (From: Liberty's Legacy: Our Celebration of the Northwest Ordinance and the United States Constitution, 1987.)
United States. Continental Congress.
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