Proclamation of 1763

(1763)

Context

The context for the Proclamation of 1763 depended on one's location within the emerging British Empire. The act's implications differed according to whether the person considering it was within the chambers of Whitehall, residing in British North America, or living in an Indian community along the Appalachian divide. The proclamation transformed colonial-imperial land discussions and political relationships for the next decade. The edict challenged colonial conceptions about who “owned” the land and who should direct the settlement of it. The resulting salvos showed just how divergent colonial and imperial thoughts were regarding the future of North American settlement.

Even before Britain and France signed the Treaty of Paris in February of 1763, ending the Seven Years' War, English politicians had decided to reassess the imperial-colonial relationship. Many English officials believed that their North American colonies had shown an utter disregard for England's needs...

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King George III (Library of Congress)

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