Franklin, Adams, and Jay signed the peace treaty to end the war.
Franklin, Adams, and Jay signed the peace treaty to end the war.
 
 
The British and the Americans signed the treaty.
The British and the Americans signed the treaty.
 
 
Last page of the peace treaty signed by Franklin, Adams and Jay
Last page of the peace treaty signed by Franklin, Adams and Jay
 
 
As part of the peace treaty, America was given land once claimed by Britain.
As part of the peace treaty, America was given land once claimed by Britain.
 
Treaty of Paris
Topic(s):   Revolutionary War (U.S.)

America signed a peace treaty with Britain in 1783. This was two years after the Battle of Yorktown, the last major battle of the war. Changes in British government delayed the peace talks. The British government was very upset over the loss of the colonies.

Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and John Jay traveled to Paris for the peace talks. The treaty had two very important parts. First, Britain had to accept America as a free, independent nation. Second, Britain gave up land to America. This land doubled the size of the new nation. It included all the area south from the Great Lakes to Florida. It included the area east from the Mississippi River.

The treaty gave America fishing rights off the coast of Newfoundland. Britain had to remove all troops from America. In return Congress would ask the states to repay Loyalists and British traders for their losses.

The treaty's terms were very good for America. People from other countries took note of the American fight for freedom. In 1789, France had its own revolution.

Resource information

After Yorktown: 1781-1783 - Yorktown Battlefield Part of Colonial National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service). (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nps.gov/york/historyculture/after-yorktown.htm

Bobrick, B. (2004). Fight for freedom: The American Revolutionary War. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Dorf, P., & In McKee, S. D. (1937). Visualized American history: Unit organization. New York: Oxford Book Co.

Interactives: United States History Map. The Nation Expands. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.learner.org/interactives/historymap/states_paris.html

NARA Exhibit: American Originals, Part 2: The Treaty of Paris, 1783. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/american_originals/paris.html

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