All charges of war, and all other expenses that shall be incurred for the common defense or general welfare, and allowed by the United States in Congress assembled, shall be defrayed out of a common treasury, which shall be supplied by the several States in proportion to the value of all land within each State …. IX. After much debate, the Americans adopted the Articles of Confederation. This document established a very weak national government that consisted of a one-house legislature known as the Confederation Congress. The Congress had the power to declare war, sign treaties, and settle disputes between the states. It could also borrow or print money.
Powers Granted to Government under the Articles of Confederation. Declare war and make peace. Make treaties with foreign countries. Establish an army and navy. Appoint high-ranking military officials. Requisition, print, and borrow money. Establish weights and measures. Hear disputes among the states related to trade or boundaries. S