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British surrender at Saratoga (Articles of Convention)
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  Nathanael Greene                George Washington                    Lord Cornwallis Marquis de Lafayette Benedict Arnold Jean Baptiste Rochambeau
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Yorktown, October 1781
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Treaty of Paris (1783) British recognition of American Independence US territory extended south to 31 st  parallel (northern  border of Florida, which reverted back to Spain), and  west to Mississippi (except New Orleans, which  remained under Spanish control) Congress promised to honor its debts Recommendation that states reimburse  loyalists for losses British promise to abandon forts  on American soil
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State Constitutions • Written Documents • Weak Executive – Strong Legislature • Drawn up by Legislatures Early Problems  “Democratization” of the Legislatures Regular Legislation vs. Fundamental Law   Call for Revisions Strengthen Executive – Weaken Legislature Constitutional Convention Ratification by the People •          Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 considered most  balanced
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Constitutional Conventions Convention Constitution Ratification PEOPLE
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This note was uploaded on 09/12/2011 for the course HISTORY 0848 taught by Professor Davidwatt during the Spring '10 term at Temple.

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