Proclamation of 1763

(1763)

Audience

The Crown aimed the Proclamation of 1763 at all residents of British North America and at policy makers in England. It attempted to integrate into the enlarged British sphere both Indians and Euro-American colonists. To the colonists, however, it suggested that imperial officials blamed them, not the Indians, for the violence associated with Pontiac's Rebellion. For policy makers at home, the proclamation suggested a new imperial-colonial relationship that defined the limits of colonial autonomy and expansion.

South Carolina officials saw the proclamation as an opportunity “to make the backcountry safe enough to attract new immigrants” (Hatley, p. 182). Like many other colonists, Carolinians anticipated that the Crown would rescind the proclamation in the not-very-distant future. But the proclamation marked the beginning of a new understanding in Carolina. No longer was the frontier thought of in terms of the “Indian trade.” Now the frontier became the focus of...

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