Mr. Dowling
The Northwest Territory




How did the Land Ordinance of 1785 and the Northwest Ordinance provide for growth of the United States?



Congress passed ordinances to divide and govern the land.
ordinances-laws

Land Ordinance of 1785-divided the Northwest Territory into townships.
Each township was divided into 36 sections of 1 square mile. Congress planned to sell the sections to settlers for $640.
One section in every township was set aside to support public schools.

1787-Northwest Ordinance-set up the government for the Northwest Territory and outlawed slavery.
Provided a way to admit new states to the nation.
Once a territory had 60,000 settlers, it could ask Congress to become a state.
No fewer than 3 and no more than 5 states could be formed from the Northwest Territory.


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