DAILY FEATURE: By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (September 3, 2020) – In Issue 64 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps we are reminded it was the British who caused the American Revolutionary War.

Steve Kovacs (Provided)

A Nation is Born

When is a Nation born?  This simple question has a complex answer when it comes to the United States.

We all know about the Declaration of Independence. However, the British, who ruled the land previously, didn’t recognize that, hence the subsequent American Revolutionary War.  Eventually the British more or less gave up and agreed to end the War, and agreed to the new boundaries between the British Empire in North America (Canada) and the US.  

The Treaty of Paris signed on this day in 1783 officially ended the Revolutionary War and Britain recognized the US as a free and sovereign nation.  Of course, the Treaty did not go in effect until later – May 12, 1784.

Here is a map showing Paris as it was in 1790.  The map is a later product, from 1887.

1887 Map of Paris as it looked in 1790 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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