What Was the Purpose of the Articles of Confederation?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 8, 2020 9:43:55 PM ET
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After seceding from the British government, the 13 North American colonies drafted the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union to aid in governing the newly formed states, according to HowStuffWorks. This early federal constitution was in effect from 1781 to 1789. Its name is commonly shortened to the Articles of Confederation.