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Today In History- July 13

Today In History- July 13


The Continental Congress enacts the Northwest Ordinance establishing governing rules for the Northwest Territory.

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Nortwest Ordinance passed in Continental Congress legislation.

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

On July 13, 1787, Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance, setting up a new governmen for newly acquired territories in the United States.  The agreement recognized the first territory of the United States, with land stretching south of the Great Lakes region and in the Ohio River Valley.  Believed to be the most important document besides the U.S. Constitution, the Northwest Ordinance established the migration the United States westward, with the addition of new states and areas.  This was a predecessor to the completion of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, just over fifteen years later.

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