Lord Dunmore's proclamation

Lord Dunmore's proclamation - Michael Boger History 251...

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Michael Boger History 251 Prof. Brewer October 3, 2007 Lord Dunmore’s Proclamation When Lord Dunmore issued this proclamation in 1775, he was in desperate need of assistance. He had realized that Governors at the time had no real power, and no type of police force was present in the colony of Virginia, except for the militia (which mostly comprised of rebels). He felt that if he didn’t issue something to gain control, the colony would slip further out of Great Britain’s hands. This would eventually lead to more resistance by the colonists, and the defeat of Lord Dunmore a month later. In the Proclamation itself, Dunmore describes the anger in the country at the moment. He claims that this proclamation is the last step for him to result to in order to gain control over the colonies. Dunmore then says, “I do require every Person capable of bearing Arms, to resort to His MAJESTY'S STANDARD, or be looked upon as Traitors to His MAJESTY'S Crown and Government.” This made colonists worried because traitors in the colonies were often executed or their land was seized. Then Lord
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