Choiseul preferred to keep the small Caribbean islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe and St. Lucia rather than maintain the vast territory of Louisiana in Canada. This decision was motivated by the fact that the island sugar industry was extremely profitable. On the other hand, Canada had been a burden on the French treasury. If the loss of Canada was unfortunate for French officials, it made sense from a commercial point of view. That no further forfeiture be made or that no person or person be charged against or for reasons of the party he or she may have made during this war, and that no person in that account may suffer any loss or damage in the future, whether on his person, liberty or property; and that those who, at the time of ratification of the treaty in the United States, would be charged with such charges be immediately set at Liberty and that the proceedings will be stayed. Peace negotiations began in April 1782 in Paris and continued until the summer. The United States represented Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, Henry Laurens and John Adams. David Hartley and Richard Oswald represented Great Britain. The contract was signed on November 30, 1782 by Adams, Franklin, Jay and Hartley at the Hotel d`York (now 56 Jacob Street) in Paris.  The actual geography of North America did not correspond to the details used in the contract. The treaty established a southern border for the United States, but the separate Anglo-Spanish agreement did not provide for a northern border for Florida, and the Spanish government assumed that the border was the same as in the 1763 agreement, by which they had first ceded their territory in Florida to Britain. As the West Florida controversy continued, Spain used its new control over Florida to block U.S.
access to Mississippi, in defiance of Article 8.  The treaty stipulated that the U.S. border extended directly westward from the "most northwest point" of Wood Lake (now partially to Minnesota, partly to Manitoba and partly to Ontario) until it reached the Mississippi River. But in fact, the Mississippi does not extend so far north; The line west of the Lake of the Woods never crosses the river.