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The Northwest Ordinance

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Definition: Land agreement of 1787 that created the Northwest Territory, enabling the United States to expand into the Great Lakes area. States created from the Northwest Territory included Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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The New Nation
The backdrop to the story.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Text of the Northwest Ordinance
Learn more about this early representative body.

Timetable of Events Surrounding the Northwest Ordinance
See a list of famous and not-so-famous men who served in it.

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