The Treaty of Paris 1783

The Treaty of Paris formally ended the Revolutionary War. It was extremely favourable towards the United States. Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and John jay negotiated with the British delegate Richard Oswald in Paris. It was a victory for the United States yet it did not solve all their problems

Terms of the treaty were as followed:

  • Formal British acknowledgement and recognition of the independence and sovereignty of the United States
  • The surrender to the United States of all British territory between the Appalachian Mountains and the Ohio River
  • The drawing of borders between the United States and British-occupied Canada to the north
  • American companies to enjoy fishing rights in the oceans to the east of British Canada and off the coast of Newfoundland
  • The honouring of private and commercial debts in existence before the revolution
  • American states to enjoy unrestricted access to the Mississippi River, an important waterway for trade and transport for new settlers over the Appalachians.