This Day In History: 1763-10-07

1763: King George III issues the Royal Proclamation of 1763, declaring all British lands in North America north and west of the Alleghenies (by far the largest part of those territories, shown in pink in the above map) to be for Amerindians only, and barred to all White settlement (even though some Whites had already settled there). The Proclamation clearly showed that the Empire placed a greater value on trade with Amerindian tribes (and the resulting profits) than on the lives and welfare of White families, and was a factor in the Revolutionary War against Britain that would come in the next decade.

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