Annapolis Convention Of 1786

Under the Articles of Confederation, Congress held practically no power with regards to regulating interstate trade. Meanwhile, the worsening domestic economy left many states struggling to obtain money. As a result, many of them started enacting strict tariffs and regulations of goods from other states, cutting down on the amount of trade between states. Delaware and New Jersey, for instance, were forced to pay import taxes by the larger states of New York and Pennsylvania, stifling their economies.

As a means of easing these harsh interstate trade restrictions, a convention was called in Annapolis in 1786. Five states — Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia — sent delegates in time, though four other states did appoint delegates who never made it to the conference, while the remaining four states took no action at all. Ultimately, the lackluster attendance kept the delegates from agreeing to any sweeping reforms, and the convention ultimately resolved to hold another convention in Philadelphia in 1787 to address the issue along with all other problems with the Articles of Confederation. Of course, this second convention would soon become the Constitutional Convention when it rejected the Articles in favor of a new U.S. Constitution.

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