Proclamation of 1763

The Proclamation of 1763: Prohibited westward expansion into Native American lands

King George III issued the Proclamation of 1763 on October 7, 1763 at the end of the French and Indian WarBritain and the American colonists vs. France and the Native Americans The North American theater of the Seven Years War (1756-1763). The decree was issued to prevent further encroachment of colonial settlers onto western Indian land, and decreed that all lands west of the Appalachians were reserved for the American Indians. The proclamation was intended to end colonial-Indian rivalries and reorganize the new British territories in the Americas - including the American colonies, Quebec and Canadian regions, and East and West Florida lands. This proclamation was the first time a European power recognized the land rights of a foreign peoples in the colonization of the New World. The colonist viewed the proclamation as an infringement by the Crown in their personal and sovereign affairs.

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Below is some text of the actual Proclamation of 1763. The British Crown ordered colonists to respect the land the Indians resided on that Great Britain had not yet purchased.1

And whereas it is just and reasonable, and essential to our Interest, and the Security of our Colonies, that the several Nations or Tribes of Indians with whom We are connected, and who live under our Protection, should not be molested or disturbed in the Possession of such Parts of Our Dominions and Territories as, not having been ceded to or purchased by Us, are reserved to them.

And. We do further strictly enjoin and require all Persons whatever who have either wilfully or inadvertently seated themselves upon any Lands within the Countries above described. or upon any other Lands which, not having been ceded to or purchased by Us, are still reserved to the said Indians as aforesaid, forthwith to remove themselves from such Settlements.

"Proclamation of 1763." Encylopedia Britannica. Web. 26 Oct. 2014. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/536603/Proclamation-of-1763>.

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