Annapolis Convention was a summit in the year 1786, which aimed at creating uniform parameters to monitor and regulate trade between the states during a time of economic strain and political turbulence. The delegates of Annapolis Convention met to discuss the problems of Article of Confederation. The article of confederation was the first governing document of the country that gave no power to the Congress to control interstate commerce. Ruinous trade barriers had been created between the states which were a serious concern. The delegates determine and evaluate the issues in the Articles of Confederation. Virginia called an interstate convention to discuss a standardized regulation of commerce. The meeting was held in Annapolis and five states participated in the meeting which includes New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York. The main achievement of the meeting was the decision to call for a new meeting for the purpose of considering the changes and regulation in the Articles of Confederation to make it powerful. Alexander Hamilton drafted a report in which it was opposed that a convention will be held for all the states on 14 September 1786.
The legislature of Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia was assembled at the Annapolis convention. In the meeting, it has been found that the states of Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York authorized their commissions to meet other Commissioners as appointed by the other states in Union, at specific place and time as agreed by the commissioners. They take into account the commerce and trade of United States for analyzing how far the classification is made in their commercial regulations and intercourse. It was essential for their permanent harmony and familiar interest. The commissioners were also appointed by the states of Rhode Island, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Massachusetts. It had also been stated that the powers of Commissioners were supposing a commission from all the states and objecting the commerce and trade of United States. The commissioners were asked to submit an opinion over extending the powers of deputies than that of commerce and trade adopted by New Jersey and will be incorporated in the future convention. The main discussion was on regulating the rules and regulation of trade and commerce as there were significant defects in the system. The deputies were asked to investigate the defects in the system. The delegates that were involved in the Annapolis convention were John Dickinson from Delaware, Richard Bassett from Delaware, Egbert Benson from New York, Abraham Clark from New Jersey, TenchCoxe from Pennsylvania, Alexander Hamilton from New York, William Churchill Houstoun from New Jersey, James Madison from Virginia, Edmund Jennings Randolph from Virginia, George Read from Delaware, James Shureman from New Jersey and St. George Tucker from Virginia.