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1787-1790: We adopt a Constitution for our new Republic

July 13, 1787
North of the Ohio River and east of the Mississippi

Map of the east coast of the United States

New states there will have the same political power as the original 13, thanks to the 1787 Northwest Ordinance.

The ordinance invites settlement of the West, by guaranteeing settlers that their liberties will travel with them.

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