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King George III

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  • During the French and Indian War (1754–63), Britain and France fought for control of territory in North America. Spain lent support to France.
  • Britain was victorious in the war and took control of a huge amount of territory previously claimed by France and Spain.
  • Three months after the end of the war, Native Americans rose up against the British, attacking colonial settlements. Thousands of colonists were killed.
  • In an effort to ease tensions with Native Americans, the British Crown issued the Royal Proclamation of 1763.
  • The proclamation's primary purpose was to prevent further conflict with Native Americans by forbidding British settlers from encroaching on Native American land.
  • A significant concession to Native Americans, the proclamation explicitly forbids British colonists from settling, purchasing, or seeking refuge on Native American land.
  • The proclamation is considered a foundational document in Native American law.
  • The proclamation antagonized many colonists. The prohibitions contributed to the decision of the 13 American colonies to declare independence from Britain 12 years later.


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