Reaffirms that the Confederation accepts war debt incurred by Congress before the existence of the Articles.In 1779, George Washington wrote to John Jay, who was serving as the president of the Continental Congress, "that a wagon load of money will scarcely purchase a wagon load of provisions.".
The European alliance could be called a confederation, while the United States is a federation.A Leap in the Dark: The Struggle to Create the American Republic.University of Wisconsin Press.
The noun confederation comes from the early 15th Century, meaning an agreement.Any contributions were voluntary, and in the debates of 1788 the Federalists (who supported the proposed new Constitution) claimed that state politicians acted unilaterally, and contributed when the Continental army protected their state's interests.
The, articles of Confederation, formally the, articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was an agreement among the 13 original states of the, united States of America that served as its first constitution.See: affiliation, alliance, association, band, body, cartel, chamber, coalescence, committee, compact, concert, confederacy, consolidation, contribution, federation, integration, league, merger, partnership, party, pool, society, sodality, confederation, government.
A copy was made for each state and one was kept by the Congress.17 The Continental Congress, before the Articles were approved, had promised soldiers a pension of half pay for life.