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Importance of the Proclamation of 1763

By February 14, 2014

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On October 7, 1763, King George III issued a royal proclamation that caused a furor amongst the colonists. This Proclamation of 1763 closed lands north and west of the Appalachian Mountains to settlement. The goal of the British was to put a stop to conflicts that had arisen between the Native Americans and the colonists due to the French and Indian War. However, many colonists had purchased land or had been given land grants in that area in exchange for their military service during the war. Settlers began ignoring the Proclamation Line. Eventually, the colonists were able to get the line moved further west. This event was just the beginning of rising tensions between Great Britain and the colonies.

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February 2, 2010 at 9:09 pm
(1) michael says:

great explanation simple and to the point thanks

October 19, 2011 at 11:03 pm
(2) Jack says:

Thanks so much for this. My teachers does not explain things as well as you do! Thanks again!

November 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm
(3) Tyler Johnson says:

Thanks for pointing the point out very easily. This is just another website I can look forward to. Yeah!!!

May 3, 2012 at 2:25 am
(4) Jon says:

I’d like to see more talk about how if the British had won the war and defeated the slaveholding colonists, that basically the blacks would of been freed and Britain could of enforced the 1763 proclamation and protected the native americans.

Another overlooked fact is that there were more native americans and blacks fighting for the british than the colonists by a huge ratio. In fact the final battle at Yorktown was basically between black loyalists and the French (most don’t realize the French force was larger than the Colonist force).

Some argue that part of the failure of Cornwallis was when a thousand blacks fell ill to smallpox. And that basically thousands of blacks and white loyalists died of smallpox during the american siege and french blockade, unable to secure medicine for the blacks whom the white slaveholders wanted to see dead.

But Americans love to overlook the dark sides of their history, and commit blasphemy by claiming their constitution is somehow holy.

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