"PEACE! LIBERTY! AND INDEPENDENCE!" BROADSIDE. Supplement to the New-York Gazetteer No. 44. Peace! Liberty! and Independence! Philadelphia March 24, 1783. [Albany: Printed by Balentine and Webster, March 31, 1783.]

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"PEACE! LIBERTY! AND INDEPENDENCE!" BROADSIDE.
Supplement to the New-York Gazetteer No. 44. Peace! Liberty! and Independence! Philadelphia March 24, 1783. [Albany: Printed by Balentine and Webster, March 31, 1783.]

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"PEACE! LIBERTY! AND INDEPENDENCE!" BROADSIDE.
Supplement to the New-York Gazetteer No. 44. Peace! Liberty! and Independence! Philadelphia March 24, 1783. [Albany: Printed by Balentine and Webster, March 31, 1783.]
Broadside, 175 x 135 mm. Margins trimmed. Leaf with expert restoration affecting period annotations next to lines relating to West and East Florida.

Under the headline "Peace! Liberty! and Independence!" this broadside reports on the Preliminary Articles of Peace signed by American, British, French, and Spanish representatives in Versailles on January 20, 1783. The first several articles pertain to the restoration of various territories to Great Britain, France, and Spain. The final two stipulate the following:
"Great-Britain acknowledges the Sovereignty & Independence of the United States of America.
The Limits of the United States to be agreed upon in the provisional articles between them and Great-Britain, except that they shall not extend further down the river Missisippi
[sic] than the 32d degree of North Latitude, from whence a line is to be drawn to the head of the River St. Mary, and along the middle of that river down to its mouth."
The Continental Congress ratified the articles on April 15, 1783, four days after it issued a proclamation declaring the cessation of arms. The articles would be solidified in the Treaty of Paris in September, ending the Revolutionary War. Bristol B5768; Shipton & Mooney 44462.

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  • "Great-Britain Acknowledges the Sovereignty & Independence of the United States of America...."
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