—At the End of the Revolution —
Peace Treaty Ratified
· Governor William Paca's Proclamation of the ratification of the Treaty of Paris. Treaty of Paris Broadside Collection [MSA SC 5785]
· The last page of the Treaty of Paris, signed September 3, 1783 by David Hartley for Great Britain and John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay for the United States of America. Ourdocuments.gov
In November 1783, two years after the victory at Yorktown, Congress moved the seat of government from Princeton to Annapolis, where it remained until August 1784. During this period, while meeting in the State House, Congress accepted General George Washington's resignation as commander in chief of American forces on December 23, 1783. Three weeks later, Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the war and established American independence.
In September 1786, twelve delegates from five states met in Annapolis to discuss problems with the Articles of Confederation, the first plan was for a national government. The report produced by this Annapolis Convention led to the creation of a new United States Constitution in Philadelphia the following year.
View of Annapolis in 1800
by C. Milbourne
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of
Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. "View of Annapolis, Maryland." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1800.
Old Senate Chamber
Washington before Congress in the State House