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The Peace of Paris.  In June 1782, an American delegation led by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and John  Jay opened peace talks with British and French diplomats in Paris. Several issues  complicated the peace conference. France wanted all the parties involved to sign the  treaty, and, indeed, the Americans had been instructed by Congress not to sign a  separate agreement. Jay ignored his instructions when it became clear that France  wanted to limit the United States to the territory east of the Appalachians.  Through the Peace of Paris, Great Britain recognized the independence of the United  States with the Mississippi River as its western boundary. Americans were granted  fishing rights off Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, and British troops and ships were to 
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Unformatted text preview: depart from American territory “with all convenient speed.” Left unresolved, however, were issues that damaged Anglo-American relations for years. The United States agreed to compensate Loyalists for property confiscated during the war, but the new government lacked the power to compel the states to do so; the British refused to leave several military outposts until this matter was resolved. The fate of the tribes that had fought with the British was omitted from the treaty; Native Americans in the Ohio Valley refused to recognize the sovereignty of the United States, leaving open the potential for further conflict. The British also did nothing for the luckless slaves who had sided with them....
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