America's reasoning behind the articles of confederation by haley ann mills

In 1607 Britain came and colonized America. One by one, thirteen colonies rose up in this new land, and they were happy. Then, the strong British government began taxing them, as they were technically still part of Britain and that could be done. However, the colonists hated the new taxes and rebelled. Eventually, things boiled over and a war started. Beating all odds, the colonists won, and began a new nation. Along with a new nation comes a new government. The British government was strong and the people had no power. So, for the new nation, the founding fathers made the Articles of Confederation, which gave the people more power than their government. Why would the colonists want a weak central government? Well they certainly had quite a few reasons.

So, for the new nation, the founding fathers made the Articles of Confederation, which gave the people more power than their government.
the original thirteen states

Taxes and money

One reason is when King George the Third, their last ruler, was in charge he blocked off their trade with the world. He also taxed tea and many other important things. To prevent this from happening again, the colonists made a law that stated that the states were in charge of taxing their citizens. The government could only use money gathered from the states. See the problem? The colonists also made it so the government could not print money, so each state had it’s own currency. This probably made selling and trading with other states difficult.

Virginian currency

Congress

King George also had many laws, some of which the colonists did not agree with. In the new government, a congress would make the national laws. In this congress, each state had one vote, which meant that everyone from the states had to compromise, as two to seven delegates were sent from each state. For something to become a law, nine of the 13 states had to approve the proposal. All the states had to agree to change a law that already exists. This way everyone had a say.

nine states approving a new law

Militias

The colonists also limited militias, the protectors of the country. When King George ruled, he had forced the colonists to house the british men. The colonists did, but hated it, so now they limited the militias. The government was put in charge of managing affairs such as making agreements with other countries and the native americans. They could also appoint military officers, however only the states could create militias.

The colonists also limited militias, the protectors of the country.
the articles of confederation

The biggest reason the colonists constructed their government the way they did is because they didn’t want one person in charge. King George abused his power and didn’t listen to his people. The colonists wanted a government that everyone had a say in. Many plans were proposed for this new government. The founding fathers had to compromise to create a government that everyone could agree on and fit everyone’s needs. This new government was based off a document called the Articles of Confederation. This is not the government we have today, but it laid the foundation for our current one.

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