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A New National Government

The Articles of Confederation allowed Congress to

Establish national policies and conduct foreign relations, including relations with Native American nations

Coin money and set up post offices

Establish an army

Declare war

Nine of the 13 states had to agree on any major law.

All 13 states had to agree to amend the Articles.

The new government’s major problems involved money.

Large war debts

No power to impose or collect taxes

Could not afford an army or navy

Could not repay money it borrowed from foreign governments and from individual Americans during the war

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