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In the Treaty of Paris Theater, you'll listen to a live presentation and watch a 15-minute video produced by Annapolis City TV about how the Treaty of Paris Period unfolded as soon as the Revolutionary War effectively ended at Yorktown, including the signing of the 1783 Treaty of Paris in France and the subsequent "Annapolis Era" that included Congress arriving in Annapolis; General George Washington's resignation from the Army before Congress; the 1784 ratification of the Treaty of Paris and the signature by President Thomas Mifflin under the official seal of Congress; the appointment of Delegate Thomas Jefferson to be a minister in France; the appointment of John Jay as the Secretary of Foreign Affairs; the 1785 Mount Vernon Compact that began the drive toward a new Constitution; Shays's Rebellion, which made a new Constitution inevitable; and the 1786 Annapolis Convention that directly led to a new Constitution in 1787.

Between screenings of this video, viewers will be able to watch clips of our C-Span lectures and other films that we have produced over the years.

Upon leaving the theater, you'll be ready to embark on the Treaty of Paris Trail, a bus tour that will take you to the three most important sites in Annapolis where key Treaty of Paris Period events took place: The French Soldiers' Camp, the Maryland Capitol, and Mann's Tavern.