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Connecticut paid nothing and "positively refused" to pay U. To the south, the British were said to be openly funding Creek Indian raids on white settlers in Georgia and adjacent territory.
During Shays' Rebellion in Massachusetts, Congress could provide no money to support an endangered constituent state.
Nor could Massachusetts pay for its own internal defense; General Benjamin Lincoln was obliged to raise funds from Boston merchants to pay for a volunteer army.
not worth a Continental, referring to the Continental dollar.) Congress could borrow money, but couldn't pay it back.
Internationally, the Articles of Confederation did little to enhance the United States' ability to defend its sovereignty. Barbary pirates began seizing American ships of commerce; the Treasury had no funds to pay their extortionate demands.
The Confederation Congress could make decisions, but lacked enforcement powers.