The Critical Period

1781-1789

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Articles of Confederation ratified by the states

1781

Treaty of Paris signed

1783

First Land Ordinance

1784

Treaty of Fort Stanwix

1784

Second Land Ordinance

1785

Shay's Rebellion

1786

Annapolis meeting to revise Articles of Confederation

1786

Northwest Ordinance

1787

Delaware becomes first state to ratify Constitution

1787

Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia

1787

Constitution officially ratified

1788

9 states were needed for ratification

Rhode Island ratifies the Constitution in 1790

Rhode Island ratifies the Constitution

1790