The full text of the Northwest Ordinance.

The Ordinance of 1787

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The Northwest Ordinance, 1787
Creator: U.S. Continental Congress
Pub Data: Electronic text presented by the National Archives and Records Administration at
Citation: National Archives and Records Administration. "An Ordinance for the government of the Territory of the United States northwest of the River Ohio"; Online facsimile at:
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