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This Day in Georgia History

February 10, 1763

Treaty of Paris Signed

The Treaty of Paris was signed officially ending the French and Indian War. Among the treaty’s provisions was a stipulation that the middle of the Mississippi River would be the dividing line between British and French claims. Britain restored Cuba to Spain, which in turn gave up all claims to Florida and other claims to the east of the Mississippi River. Although Georgia was not mentioned in the treaty, the impact on the colony was that its new western boundary was the Mississippi River. Before, Georgia’s western boundary claim had been the Pacific Ocean.