Treaty of Paris


Soon after the completion of the preliminary treaty of peace, the British government fell and a new round of negotiations started. John Jay, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and new British negotiator David Hartley revisited many of the old issues thought to have been settled. Signed on September 3, 1783, and ratified by Congress on January 14, 1784, the Treaty of Paris formally ended the Revolutionary War and established the United States as an independent and sovereign nation. Text adapted from “Rough Journal Page Documenting Ratification and Final Page of the Treaty of Paris, 1783” in the September 2008 National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) publication Social Education.

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