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Unlike earlier attempts, the convention was not meant for new laws or piecemeal alterations, but for the "sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation".
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.
It is regarded as the oldest written and codified constitution in force of the world.
New York and South Carolina repeatedly prosecuted Loyalists for wartime activity and redistributed their lands.
Under the Articles of Confederation, the central government's power was quite limited.
The Confederation Congress could make decisions, but lacked enforcement powers.
Connecticut paid nothing and "positively refused" to pay U. To the south, the British were said to be openly funding Creek Indian raids on white settlers in Georgia and adjacent territory.
Savannah (then-capital of Georgia) had been fortified, and the state of Georgia was under martial law.