Articles of Confederation

3/1/1781

The Articles of Confederation, often called this Nation's first constitution, defined the former colonies as a confederation of 13 sovereign states bound loosely in a "league of friendship." This document consists of six sheets of parchment stitched together. The last sheet bears the signatures of delegates from all 13 states.

National Archives, Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention


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