they were different by the Northwest Ordinance was were the Northwest territory was wanting to be governed and the land ordinance of 1785 was were it called for surveyors to stake out 6mile-plots, called townships, in the Western lands.
The rejection of the Northwest ordinance of 1785 was due to prices for land becoming too expensive. The Northwest Ordinance Act was a law that stated the federal government would expand west across North America.
The Northwest Ordinance essentially accepted Virginia's "northwest territory" as public domain of th United States; the Land Ordinance of 1785 prescribed the means by which the public domain would be sold by the United States to help pay the debts… Full Answer
The Land Ordinance of 1785 stated that they would separate the Northwest land into something called TOWNSHIPS. This was a 5 by 5 mile land and was sold to settlers and speculators. The land ordinance of 1787, or Northwest Ordinance… Full Answer
The Northwest Ordinance was an act that went into effect in 1785 that dealt with governing the western territories. Congress created a committee in 1783 to deal with the western territories and the Northwest Ordinance was born out of this.