King George's Proclamation Line

The French and Indian Wars made Britain's position on the North American Continent pre-eminent. However, tensions between the Native Americans and settlers led to the British clearly delineating where settlement could take place and where Indians were free to exercise their own authority. This was the so-called King George III Proclamation Line. Far from settling land issues it actually had the effect of mobilising settler opinion against the British stance. This proclamation, combined with the removal of any French threat, became a major motivating factor against the British and for Independence in order to enable a new state to seize these Indian lands.

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