Assignment

Refer to the excerpt from the “Treaty with Great Britain” by clicking the Treaty-1783 link above. Use the treaty along with the textbook and a map to answer the questions that follow. Tip:  type “United States Map 1783” and the same for “1801” into the Images section of the internet search engine Google to access a variety of maps that are useful for this part of Assignment 2.

1.  Identify the two principal types of reference points use by the negotiators to delineate the boundaries of the new United States (hint:  one of the types is not “real”). Give at least one example of each type.

2.  Where in Article II is there a directional reference that does not conform to geographic reality? (Specify the wording that is incorrect in the treaty). Why was this error was committed?

3.  What parts of the continental United States today were not part of the U.S. in 1783? What countries claimed these lands (specify which country claimed which part) beyond U.S. borders in 1801?

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