- Congress of the Confederation. 3/2/1781-3/4/1789
- National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference
The Articles of Confederation, often called this Nation's first constitution, defined the former colonies as a confederation of 13 sovereign states bound loosely in a "league of friendship." This document consists of six sheets of parchment stitched together. The last sheet bears the signatures of delegates from all 13 states.