- Aug 16, 2015
How many times is this misinterpretation going to persist? Read the language which you have quoted from the Treaty: understanding the situation, it is clear what is meant, and it is not an attempt by the Crown to define the form of government for the United States.And one of those "countries" was a confederation, which is why the treaty, though between Britain and the US, also names each state:
“His Brittanic Majesty acknowledges the said United States, viz. [namely], New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, to be free sovereign and Independent States; that he treats with them as such, and for himself his Heirs & Successors, relinquishes all claims to the Government, Propriety, and Territorial Rights of the same and every Part thereof.”
The Crown was simply listing its colonies in North America for which it was going to release all claims. That done, the Treaty is clearly between the United States of America (one entity) and the Crown. You even admit this fact, that the treaty was "between Britain and the US"!