Early Republic (1783-1815)

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    The Declaration Heard ‘Round the World

    The 1776 Declaration of Independence is one of the most universally well-known historical documents. American diplomats continue to promote the democratic values enshrined in its…

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    Printing of 1818 Treaty with Sweden

    This document is a contemporary printing, from 1818, of an important early treaty between the United States and Sweden: the Treaty of Amity & Commerce. The original version was signed in 1783. This is a later, renewed version of the treaty completed in 1818.

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    Issue of The Independent Gazetteer

    This original August 3, 1789 issue of The Independent Gazetteer or the Chronicle of Freedom provides notice of and complete text of the July 27, 1789 act establishing the Department of Foreign Affairs. The Gazetteer was published in Philadelphia from 1782-1790.