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Treaty of Paris of 1783

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Definition: Treaty that officially ended the Revolutionary War on September 3, 1783. It was signed in Paris by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and John Jay. Under the terms of the treaty, Britain recognized the independent nation of the United States of America. Britain agreed to remove all of its troops from the new nation. The treaty also set new borders for the United States, including all land from the Great Lakes on the north to Florida on the south, and from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River. The United States agreed to allow British troops still in America to leave and also agreed to pay all existing debts owed to Great Britain. The United States also agreed not to persecute loyalists still in America and allow those that left America to return.

Note: The Treaty of Paris of 1763 ended the French and Indian War.

 

Related Resources:
Historic U.S. Treaties
Find more treaties like this one.

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Details on the Treaty of Paris
Some good background and details on the Treaty.

Text of the Treaty
Read for yourself how peace was declared and under what conditions.

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