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1783: The Peace of Paris ignores Native peoples’ rights

The Peace of Paris, the set of treaties (Treaty of Paris and the Treaties of Versailles, 1783) that end the American Revolutionary War, defines the territorial claims of the United States from the Atlantic to the Mississippi River. It contains no mention of American Indian tribes having any rights within the U.S.

Land and Water, Native Rights
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The Red-Lined Map, By John Mitchell, London, 1775: during the peace negotiations that ended the American Revolutionary War, this map was used by British delegates to show their interpretation of the boundary between the new United States and the provinces that later formed Canada. The British delegates drew a strong red line to indicate the proposed boundaries, and the map was presented to George III to show him how the boundaries might work. The Mitchell map was the most up-to-date map of North America at the time.

Courtesy The British Library Board