After being surrounded by the American and French on all sides and haveing siege layed upon them, the British surrendered at Yorktown. This marked America's victory over the most powerful military on the planet.
The Articles of Confederation were a document that detailed America's new government. This detailed government was weak. and didn't last long.
The Constitutional Conference
America was left with more land after the war and needed to split it up. After territories had a population of at least 60,000 free people they would be admitted as a state and added to the Union. Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Illinois were added to the states. America was now left with 18 states as their nation.
Signing of the Constitution
The issue that incited Shays' rebellion was that the government could not enforce taxes, due to the Articles of Confederation, and the states' taxes were too hefty for them to pay off their debts. Shays' rebellion lasted for six months in which he and his men attacked courthouses to stop the prosecution of debt ridden citizens.
After Shays' Rebellion ended , the government realized that the Articles of Confederation needed to be redrafted. For four months delegates met in secret in the State to fix the issues and the Constitution of the United States of America.
On September 17, 1787 the Constution was signed. This marked the beginning of a much stronger government and a nation that would eventually become one of the most notable in the world.