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The construction of the Articles of Confederation were based on preventing the recreation of a system similar to the one the colonies were subject to under England and George III It is the for the reason that the Articles of Confederation provided the federal government with little power and influence ultimately resulting in it basically being scrapped The area of foreign relations ins indicative of the effectiveness of the Articles of Confederation Under the Articles most rights had been delegated to the states Many states notably Virginia carried out their own relations with foreign countries In terms of commerce with other nations the Articles did not give the federal government power to regulate or make laws This would be a major problem in that it would undermined the economic condition of other states Also the inability of the federal government to produce and regulate currency hurt commerce with other nations and even between the states themselves The Articles of Confederation government did not have the power to tax one of the colonists major grievances to England and thus could not force and sort of national defense The inability of the US to defend itself makes any foreign policy it may have seem like a joke to the rest of the world For instance the United States still had border disputes and disputes about British soldiers on US soil that it could do nothing about The weakness of foreign relations under the Articles helped in the creation of the constitution in seeing varies other weakness presented by a week central government The issue of Western lands was by far the best coherent of the Articles of Confederation Although the Articles indicated a group of independent states loosely bound together it did manage to have the states give up territorial claims they had and put it under the control of the federal government Under the Northwest Ordinance much of the claimed land was effectively organized into zones
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