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A New National Government

Problems with the states

Congress had very little power over the individual states.

It could not settle disputes between states because there was no national court system.

Problems with foreign nations

Because it was so weak, Congress had trouble taking advantage of the territory that the United States had won in the Treaty of Paris.

The British did not leave their forts in the Great Lakes region.

The British and their Native American allies kept American settlers out of the Northwest Territory.

Negotiating with Spain about uses of the Mississippi and port of New Orleans was difficult.

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