From Ohio History Central
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For people in the Northwest Territory, the new United States Constitution led to some immediate, albeit relatively minor, changes. Most notably, the new government had the power to tax, and the United States military increased in size, providing additional security to whites living on the frontier. During the early to mid nineteenth century, the federal government also began to provide states with funds for internal improvements, most notably roads, canals, and railroads. These funds helped connect Ohio more closely to the rest of the United States.
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