Post Revolution Broadside

Land Ordinance of 1785 & Northwest Ordinance of 1787

Land Ordinance of 1785

Western lands were divided into areas of six square miles called townships. Each township was divided into 36 areas of 640 acres each called sections. Four of these sections were saved for the US government and one was saved for education. The rest of the sections could be sold for no less than 1 dollar per acre. This raised money for the US government and also allowed Americans to move west.

Northwest Ordinance of 1787

The steps to become a state. Congress would appoint a territorial governor and judge. Once the territory had 5000 voting members it could elect its own officials and write a constitution. When the total population of the territory reached 60,000 free members the territory could write a permanent constitution and submit it to congress for approval.