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What are the requirements for statehood?

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2014-10-12 03:56:11

The Northwest Ordinance (formally An Ordinance for the

Government of the Territory of the United States, North-West of the

River Ohio, and also known as the Freedom Ordinance or

The Ordinance of 1787) set the mandate for the creation of

new states from the region, once a population of 60,000 had been

achieved within a particular territory.

The Enabling Act of 1802 established the precedent and

procedures for creation of future states in the western

territories. The act requires territories to elect a delegate for

each 1,200 people to attend a constitutional convention. The

enabling act requires the prospective state to adopt a form of

government and constitution that are in compliance with the U.S.

Constitution.


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