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What western dispute caused the delay of the ratification of the articles and how was it settled?

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2008-05-23 22:21:09
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The dispute that threatened to divide the states during the ratification of the Articles of Confederation was the land beyond the Appalachian Mountains. The question was just who held the title to those vast lands. The King of England had closed the area to settlement in 1763. Virginia led the way by ceeding the northern part of her western lands to the government in 1781. The other states, except Georgia, followed suit. The Northwest Ordinances of 1784 and 1787 were then enacted to settle the land dispute and to map out the territories.

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