The Treaty of Paris
The Treaty of Paris that was signed in 1783 brought to end the hostilities between Britain and its colonies (GMW, 2010). This treaty marked the beginning of American Independence and Britain consented to remove its military establishments from American soil. After the treaty was signed the new American nation was formed and it was now a sovereign country that could make its own decisions. A significant point to note is that after the treaty was signed, Britain decided to forego some of the debts it was owed by America based on the argument that the British colonization of the country had also caused considerable damage to the new country.
This treaty set the stage for the nationalization of American politics as the statesmen could now concentrate on issues that affected development within their country and remove their focus from attaining independence. The treaty also introduced a new age of American colonialism as the USA was pushing to occupy nations such as Cuba after Spain let go of its colonial hold on the nation. After the signing of this agreement, the USA was also able to increase its geographical size through annexation and buying new lands. For example the US acquired Louisiana in 1803 after purchasing the land from France. The signing of the treaty also affected US politics in that it allowed the country to make sovereign decisions such as drafting and signing of its constitution in 1787. This document has been the foundation over which the great American superpower as can be seen today has been built upon.
The Treaty of Paris marked the end of colonial rule over the US but on the other hand the beginning of the establishment of a great superpower. The US utilized their independence to focus more on national matters and to develop their political and economical power as a country and in the global arena.
GMW (2010). “The Paris Treaty.” From Revolution to Reconstruction. Retrieved from