Today in History: Treaty of Paris Signed


John Hay, Secretary of State, signing the memorandum of ratification on behalf of the United States

The American Revolution officially came to an end when representatives of the United States, Great Britain, Spain and France, signed the Treaty of Paris on this day in 1783.

The signing signified America’s status as a free nation, as Britain formally recognized the independence of its 13 former American colonies.

The boundaries of the new republic were agreed upon: Florida North to the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Coast West to the Mississippi River.

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