Confederation Congress

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QUICK FACTS

Following ratification of the Articles of Confederation) on 1-Mar-1781, Confederation Congress convened at these locations:

Location Begin Date End Date
Philadelphia, PA 1-Mar-1783 21-Jun-1783
Princeton, NJ 30-Jun-1783 4-Nov-1783
Annapolis, MD 26-Nov-1781 19-Aug-1784
Trenton, NJ 1-Nov-1784 24-Dec-1784
New York, NY 11-Jan 1785 2-Mar-1789

It is difficult to recapture the intensity of excitement felt by Americans in 1776 over the prospect of forming new republican governments. It is a work, said Thomas Jefferson, of the most interesting nature and such as every individual would wish to have his voice in. Even the business of the Continental Congress was stifled because so many delegates — including Jefferson — left for home to take part in the paramount activity of erecting the new state governments. Constitutions, remarked Francis Lightfoot Lee, employ every pen. ... Nothing — not the creation of [the] confederacy, not the Continental Congress, not the war, not the French alliance — in the years surrounding the Declaration of Independence engaged the interests of Americans more that the framing of these governments.

Gordon S. Wood
The Creation of the American Republic, 1776—1787 (1969)