The Articles of Confederation

   The image below shows the first page of the Articles of Confederation.  This was the document that first united the 13 original American states.  It served as the nation's first constitution up to the adoption of the U.S. Constitution in 1788.  It is badly faded, like many early documents of that time.
   Article 1 of the Articles of Confederation officially names the nation as "The United States of America."

 Articles of Confederation

The document image is from the National Archives.
It has been resized for this page.

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