History Brief: The Treaty of Paris 1783
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History Brief: The Treaty of Paris 1783

November 21, 2019

Although Yorktown was the last major battle
of the American Revolution, the war did not technically end with the surrender of Cornwallis’
army. The British still held Savannah, Charleston, and New York. While a few minor skirmishes
took place across the 13 states, the Patriot victory at Yorktown had convinced the British
that the war was too costly to carry on. How did the American Revolution officially end?
The United States and Great Britain sent delegates to Paris, France to work out a treaty. Benjamin
Franklin, John Adams, and John Jay represented the United States. In April of 1783, the American
Congress ratified (approved) the document, and on September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris
was signed, officially ending the war. By then, Britain had also made peace with France
and Spain. The Treaty of Paris was a clear victory for
the Americans as Great Britain formally recognized the United States as an independent nation
with territory reaching to the Mississippi River and from Spanish-held Florida to Canada.
The British agreed to withdraw their troops from American territory and to give the Americans
the right to fish off of the coastal waters of Canada.
The United States agreed to allow British merchants to collect debts owed to them by
Americans, and the treaty also advised the states to return property confiscated from
Loyalists during the war. With the treaty signed, General Washington
resigned his command in the army to return to civilian life at Mt. Vernon. Soldiers returned
home to their families, their bravery and service having made the victory possible.
Before their dismissal, Washington told them, “I most devoutly wish that your latter days
may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable.”
On December 4, 1783, Washington said farewell to his officers at Manhattan’s Fraunces Tavern.
Three weeks later, he presented his formal resignation to the Second Continental Congress.
One witness described the emotional scene: “The spectators all wept, and there was hardly
a member of Congress who did not drop tears.” The American War for Independence, as much
a people’s movement as it was a military one, ushered in a revolutionary idea of creating
a government based on the clear principles of freedom and rights for its citizens.
American liberty did come at a cost. Of an estimated 217,000 men who served, 4,435 Americans
died on the field of battle, while another 17,500 died from wounds, starvation, cold,
or disease. This would be the equivalent of more than 3 million Americans losing their
lives in a war today.

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  1. I need a copy of the Treaty of Paris of 1783 to accompany a Land Patent on court day. I see 1763 and having read that, there is nothing about the 13 colonies American Revolution, only Spain, Portugal. Where can i get a copy go the 1783 T of P and must i have to sign via notary?

    different war!
    not applicable to the above BATTLE

  3. You didn't discuss the terms of the treaty. Which I might add are not greatly beneficial to the US. Since due to procedural oversight the US fell to an inferior position to king George due in part to the order in which the signatures appear on the treaty. Think cinema marquee billing and suzerainty.

  4. Thanks so much i just realized my project is due tomorrow and im doing it on this treaty, i didnt even know what it was until i found this video thanks so much.

  5. In the name of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity……the first sentence of the treaty. How dare we accept the lie of "separation of church and state". It was through humility and obedience to a Holy God which paved the way of the success of the USA. Now one has to quadruple check all historical information for truth…..Our history has been rewritten…..

  6. This does NOT talk about King George III stating in the Treaty that he is the King of FRANCE also and the Arch-Treasurer of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA [INC]. See my video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSPaD-rHM5k with supporting evidence that we Americans were all duped and have been for nearly 235 years! Why was the Treaty signed on French soil? Should it NOT have been signed on American soil? Well, if the King of Britain is the King of France and he funded both sides of the Revolutionary War, then he did win and John Adams, Ben Franklin, and John Jay helped him do it. Washington was a cousin on George III. It goes on and on and on and on…all the truth hidden in plain site. READ THE FRIGGIN' Treaty and it says it all! The VICTOR gets to have the LOSER sign in his soil…where was the Treaty signed? France. Who was King? George III. Huh. Really? READ IT. Plain site!

  7. Hello everyone, quick question. What are the main ways the Treated of Paris affected the Loyalists? I am trying to write a paper and any answers are much appreciated, thank you. Lord bless

  8. What painting is at 0:11 just wondering what version of the american flag is that? Has red white and blue stripes instead of just red and white stripes

  9. so the Brits are going to give up the 2 things they love the most (taxes and banking). no way……no how. They would sacrafice 90% of Brits before giving those 2 up. Funny how US quickly became taxed and controlled by the banks.


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