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CHAPTER

2

SECTION 3

CORE WORKSHEET

The Critical Period

3

Part 1

Study the map to answer the following questions.

BRITISH NORTH AMERICA

(CANADA)


Disputed

with Britain

p

Governed

by Mass.


VERMONT

N.H.

MASS

NEW YORK

R.I.

Claimed by

Mass.

CONN

PENNSYLVANIA

Claimed by Conn.

NEW JERSEY

MARYLAND

DELAWARE

VIRGINIA

0

200 miles

100

NORTH

CAROLINA

Claimed by N.C.

100

0

200 kilometers

SOUTH

CAROLINA

ATLANTIC

OCEAN

GEORGIA

Disputed

with Spain

Western land claims of the states,

ceded to Congress in 1791



PA

States after ceding claims to Congress

Gulf of

Mexico

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CORE WORKSHEET (continued)

The Critical Period

3

Which States had claims to Western lands in the years before ratification of the

Constitution?

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1.

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2.

Which State claimed the most Western territory at one time?

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As it turned out, the States compromised to settle the issue of Western

land claims. Though it was a highly charged and difficult issue, States with

land claims eventually ceded their claims, and the new government gained

sovereignty over all Western lands. Why might the States have taken such a

dramatic step?

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3.

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4.

Which countries claimed lands bordering the new nation?

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5.

What issues might these foreign claims create for the new nation?

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Part 2

What if the Articles of Confederation had remained America’s constitution?

Could the government have faced the big issues that lay ahead? Use what you have

learned about the Articles to make predictions about what would have happened in

each scenario below under the Articles of Confederation.



1.

Many States had enormous debts. The National Government owed money to

foreign nations and American credit was terrible. How would these debts have

been paid under the Articles?

PREDICTION:

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REASON:

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CORE WORKSHEET (continued)

The Critical Period

3

2.

The United States had no national capital. How would the States have chosen a

location under the Articles?



PREDICTION:

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REASON:

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3.

The United States could not raise taxes to pay the army. How would the States

have faced European threats under the Articles?



PREDICTION:

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REASON:

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4.

Settlers began moving westward after the Revolutionary War. How would the

States have dealt with Native American land claims and conflicts with Native

Americans under the Articles?

PREDICTION:

___________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________

REASON:

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5.

Spain, France, and England still claimed territory in North America in the decades

after the Revolutionary War. How would the States have dealt with these land



claims under the Articles?

PREDICTION:

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_________________________________________________________________________

REASON:

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