KIDS: End of the Colonial Era

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The End of the Colonial Era

When Lord Cornwallis surrendered to General Washington at Yorktown, Virginia, on October 19th, 1781, the fighting was over. The people of Connecticut were glad to return to their peaceful way of life. Soldiers and sailors returned home, and all of the wartime laws were ended. People could farm and trade without fear. We robins were especially glad that peace had returned once more. In the Peace Treaty of Paris, signed April 30, 1783, the British agreed that the colonies were independent.

In 1787, Connecticut sent three representatives to the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention; Oliver Ellsworth, William Samuel Johnson and Roger Sherman. They made a great contribution to the new Constitution by proposing the "Connecticut Compromise." This compromise settled the issue of representation in the new congress. In the Senate all states would be represented equally. In the House of Representatives they would be represented according to the size of their populations. This compromise is still part of the United States Constitution.

On January 9, 1788, the Convention at Hartford approved the Federal Constitution by a vote of 128 to 40. Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the Constitution and to become a state in the United States of America.

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