George Washington addresses the Constitutional Convention in 1787.
From May to
September, the Constitutional Convention meets in Philadelphia to
build a charter to replace the Articles of Confederation, which,
most agree, have been a failure.
September, delegates send the Constitution to the thirteen state
governments for ratification. New York was a hold out to the
very end, thanks to the reluctant governor George
the Commerce Clause gave the federal government sole authority to
deal with Indian nations. This was exactly the same claim
made twenty-four years earlier by King George III that enfuriated
land speculators such as George Washington and Benjamin