1763: A Revolutionary Peace
Presented by Bostonian Society / RevolutionaryBoston®
May 24 - October 7, 2013
1763: A Revolutionary Peace explores the history and significance of an epoch-making peace on the occasion of its 250th anniversary. Britain’s original signed copy of the 1763 Treaty of Paris, which forever redrew the geo-political boundaries of European North America, is the featured object of the exhibition at the Old State House, and has never been seen on the North America continent until now.
For much of the mid eighteenth-century Britain fought its rivals France and Spain in a global contest for commerce and colonies, the most notable of these struggles culminating in the Seven Years (or French and Indian War). On the 10th of February, 1763, the Treaty of Paris was signed, putting an end to the seven year war. Celebratory fireworks exploded in the night sky over London and Paris. Here in Boston, a great crowd gathered beneath the balcony of the Old State House to hear peace officially proclaimed.
Belonging to the British United Kingdom, the Treaty on display at the Old State House is one of three manuscript treaty texts signed by representatives of Britain, France, and Spain. Other objects featured in this exhibition include weapons and artifacts from the Seven Years War, medals marking peace between the British Crown and formerly French-allied First Nations, and a Native American wampum treaty belt.