the act of Congress in 1787 providing for the government of the Northwest Territory and setting forth the steps by which its subdivisions might become states.
A law passed in 1787 to regulate the settlement of the Northwest Territory, which eventually was divided into several states of the Middle West. The United States was governed under the Articles of Confederation at the time. The Northwest Ordinance organized the territory into townships of thirty-six square miles each and provided for self-government and religious toleration in the territory. Slavery was prohibited.
noun 1. a ship route along the Arctic coast of Canada and Alaska, joining the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. noun 1. the passage by sea from the Atlantic to the Pacific along the N coast of America: attempted for over 300 years by Europeans seeking a short route to the Far East, before being successfully […]
noun 1. the region north of the Ohio River, organized by Congress in 1787, comprising present-day Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and the eastern part of Minnesota. noun, (used with a singular verb) 1. a territory of Canada lying N of 60 degrees N and extending E from the Yukon Territory to Nunavut. 519,732 sq. […]
noun 1. the region north of the Ohio River, organized by Congress in 1787, comprising present-day Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and the eastern part of Minnesota. noun 1. See Old Northwest
[nawrth-west-werd; Nautical nawr-west-werd] /ˌnɔrθˈwɛst wərd; Nautical ˌnɔrˈwɛst wərd/ adverb, adjective 1. Also, northwestwardly. toward the . noun 2. the . /ˌnɔːθˈwɛstwəd; nautical ˌnɔːˈwɛstwəd/ adjective 1. towards or (esp of a wind) from the northwest noun 2. a direction towards or area in the northwest