not worth a Continental, referring to the Continental dollar.) Congress could borrow money, but couldn't pay it back.
Internationally, the Articles of Confederation did little to enhance the United States' ability to defend its sovereignty. Barbary pirates began seizing American ships of commerce; the Treasury had no funds to pay their ransom.
The convention was not limited to commerce; rather, it was intended to "render the federal constitution adequate to the exigencies of government and the preservation of the Union." The proposal might take effect when approved by Congress and the states.
The delegates were generally convinced that an effective central government with a wide range of enforceable powers must replace the weaker Congress established by the Articles of Confederation.
It was drafted by the Second Continental Congress from mid-1776 through late-1777, and ratification by all 13 states was completed by early 1781.
They had not been paid; some were deserting and others threatening mutiny. Domestically, the Articles of Confederation was failing to bring unity to the diverse sentiments and interests of the various states.The Continental Congress could print money but the currency was worthless.(A popular phrase of the times called a useless object or person ...New York and South Carolina repeatedly prosecuted Loyalists for wartime activity and redistributed their lands.Individual state legislatures independently laid embargoes, negotiated directly with foreign authorities, raised armies, and made war, all violating the letter and the spirit of the Articles.Their dream of a republic, a nation without hereditary rulers, with power derived from the people in frequent elections, was in doubt.