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What is a confederation in your own words?

A confederation is a group of countries that, by treaty, have given some of their powers to a central government. A confederation is not the same as a federation, but they have a similarity. A confederation is a group of countries, a federation is a country. The only example today is the European Union.

What is the Articles of Confederation in simple terms?

Definitions of Articles of Confederation. noun. a written agreement ratified in 1781 by the thirteen original states; it provided a legal symbol of their union by giving the central government no coercive power over the states or their citizens.

How would you describe the Articles of Confederation to someone?

The Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation, the first constitution of the United States, on November 15, 1777. The Articles created a loose confederation of sovereign states and a weak central government, leaving most of the power with the state governments.

What did the Articles of Confederation do kids?

The Articles of Confederation created the Congress of the Confederation, which was formally named the “United States in Congress Assembled”. It became the governing body of the United States. The Congress of the Confederation had both legislative and executive powers.

What could the Articles of Confederation do?

The Articles of Confederation created a national government composed of a Congress, which had the power to declare war, appoint military officers, sign treaties, make alliances, appoint foreign ambassadors, and manage relations with Indians.

Do we still have the Articles of Confederation?

Ratified in 1781, the Articles of Confederation were replaced with the Constitution in 1789. This is the Constitution we still use as the basis of our government today.

How is the Articles of Confederation similar to today’s government?

In both articles, the nation has been recognized as the United States of America. In both, the laws are made by the legislature, whereby the articles of confederation have only one house which is referred to as Congress, and the constitution has got two houses.

How many branches did the Articles of Confederation have?

one branch

Who has the power to tax under the Articles of Confederation?

Under the Articles, the states, not Congress, had the power to tax. Congress could raise money only by asking the states for funds, borrowing from foreign governments, and selling western lands. In addition, Congress could not draft soldiers or regulate trade.