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A New National Government

Northwest Ordinance was passed in 1787.

Encouraged orderly settlement and the formation of new states, all controlled by law

Promised settlers religious freedom and other civil rights

Did not allow slavery in the Northwest Territory

A single governor was put in charge.

A district could become territory with a population of 5,000 adult males. Then could send a nonvoting representative to Congress

A territory could write a constitution and apply for statehood with a population of 60,000.

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