The Treaty of Paris would official end the revolution, and recognize the United States of America as an independent nation.
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|When the British
heard of the surrender at Yorktown, the House of Commons
was in an uproar. They now were concerned of losing the
war. The British prime minister North resigned and was
replace by Lord Shelborne.
Lord Shelborne wanted to negotiate an end to the war. He sent Richard Oswald to Paris to meet with the American representatives Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and John Jay.
The Treaty of Paris was signed on September 3, 1782. The treaty was ratified on April 17, 1783, and it officially recognized American independence.
|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 America. 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. America agreed to pay all existing debts owed to Britain. They also agreed not to persecute loyalists still in America, and allow those that left America to return.
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