Articles of Confederation
The Land Ordinance and the Northwest Ordinance
The Land Ordinance
The Land Ordinance of 1785 was adopted by the Continental Congress in the United States on May 20, 1785. Under the Articles of Confederation, Congress did not have the power to raise revenue by direct taxation of the inhabitants of the United States. (Ohiohistorycentral) This stemmed from the colonist's, "No taxation without representation" rule during the beginnings of the Revolutionary war.