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USA, Then and Now – Map 1 of 4

Carte des Etats-Unis de l’Amerique suivant le Traité de Paix de 1783… Jean Lattré. Paris, 1784.
Carte des Etats-Unis de l’Amerique suivant le Traité de Paix de 1783… Jean Lattré. Paris, 1784.
This is the first map of the new United States issued after the ratification of the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the war with England in 1783. The ship depicted in the cartouche symbolizes the course set by this new independent nation. The distinct delineation of individual state boundaries, however, was an important reminder that the union was composed of individual states, then operating under the Articles of Confederation, and unwilling to cede power to a strong central authority. The map was published in France, America’s primary ally during the Revolution.

 

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