Before the Constitution, there was the Articles of Confederation. The Articles of Confederation was a new national government that reserved freedom, sovereignty, and independence for the states. The Articles of confederation provided an effective form of government for western lands, on the contrary, foreign relations were not were not as well benefited from it.
The Confederationís major contributions were Ordinance of 1785 and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 to the American life. The Ordinance of 1785 established
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the western lands, the United States increased their size and set the stage for the acquisition of the rest of remaining territory to be purchased. Foreign relations between Britain and Spain resulted in stricter limitations and a loss of a main port. The Articles of Confederation proved to be an effective form of government for the acquisition of Western lands, however, the degree to which it was effective for foreign relations did not rise high.