At the Battle of Yorktown, the British surrendered and signified the end of the American Revolution. The Battle of Yorktown lead to the signing of the Treaty of Paris.
Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
After the war was over, the delegates from each state met to discuss the forming of their government. They formed the Articles of Confederation, which was a loose alliance of the 13 states.
Daniel Shays' Rebellion
The taxes are too high!
Under the Articles of Confederation, Congress could declare war, coin money, appoint military officials, and handle foreign affairs. However, Congress was still weak and couldn't regulate anything between the states.
The New Constitution
There were many weaknesses under the Articles of Confederation. There was fighting between states, money problems like debt, and other countries were taking advantage of the new nation.
Daniel Shays' Rebellion was a revolt of anrgy farmers that couldn't pay off their debts and were mad that the taxes were too high. This showed the people that their government was weak and Washington had to stop the rebellion to keep the country together.
Congress decided to have a Constitutional Conventionto revise the Articles of Confederation. They soon found out that they would have to create an entirely new government. On July 16, the new Constitution was signed.