The principal consequence of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 was that it
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terminated the earlier system of land survey established by the federal government for the territories
established a procedure for bringing new states into the Union as the equals of the older states
provided for the removal of American Indians from the East Coast to territories across the Appalachian mountains
encouraged the drafting of a new treaty with England concerning the disposition of the western territories
strengthened the role of the thirteen original states in Congress
The Northwest Ordinances were intended to establish procedures for the settlement and administration of the areas in the Northwest Territory (the area ceded by Great Britain in 1783 that would later include Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois). The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 established the procedure to bring territories into full statehood with the same status as the existing states.