The Confederation Era. The war is over, now what?. America was now and independent nation having won the Revolutionary War, but now what? What would the country and the government look like?. The Articles of Confederation.
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One of the things the new government was allowed to do was divide any new lands the United States acquired. (Or you could say taken. Most of the lands belonged to the Indians, but that didn’t stop anyone from taking them.
Under the Northwest Ordinance, when 60,000 people lived in a territory, they could apply to become a state.
Slavery was also outlawed, but runaway slaves were to be returned to their lawful “owners.”
Freedom of religion and trial by jury were guaranteed.