Sunday, September 04, 2005

"The US is independent" --Treaty of Paris., 1783

My depression raised up its ugly head today again. Cause this time? Maybe the drinking last night at my buddy's birthday party. I had a Foster's in the large can, and most of a pint of Dewar's with Coke.

The result was a lame work day at the Family Garden Restaurant. Oh, yeah, they hadn't been treating me all to well either, so I'm sure that has something to do with it.

Anyway, from Garrison Keillor, we have this:

The U.S. War of Independence officially ended on this day in 1783 with
the signing of the Treaty of Paris.

The war, which began at Lexington and Concord in the spring of 1775,
had more or less been over for two years (after Cornwallis surrendered
his army at Yorktown), but the American navy continued harassing the
British, and by the time the treaty was signed the American fleet had
captured dozens of British ships. The treaty required Britain to
recognize the independence of the United States and to cede all lands
east of the Mississippi to former colonies.


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