"His Britannic Majesty likewise
cedes and guarantees, in full right,
to his Catholic Majesty, East
Florida, as also West Florida"
Treaty of Versailles (Spain) — September 3, 1783
This treaty is part of the
1783 Peace of Paris,
also called the 1783 Peace of
Map of the
Floridas: British East and West Florida in 1765
Monthly Intelligencer (March, 1765) / Click map
After secretly aiding the Americans with supplies,
Spain made its allegiance official and joined the
American War of Independence on June 21,
1779, by declaring war on Great Britain.
Who Signed the Treaty
of Versailles 1783?
Pablo Abarca de Bolea
George Montagu, 4th
Duke of Manchester
for Great Britain
When Was This Treaty
Preliminary articles were signed
at Paris on November 30, 1782.
The final treaty was signed at
Paris on September 3, 1783.
What Was Agreed Upon?
Minorca belongs to Spain.
West Florida belong to
Logwood cutting rights in Belize are
Bahamas belong to Britain.
One of the biggest
disappointments for Spain was its inability to recuperate Gibraltar,
which had been lost via the
Treaty of Utrecht in 1713.
And it was not for a lack of
trying. The Great Siege of
Gibraltar lasted from 1779 until 1783.