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THE ROYAL PROCLAMATION: 1763

On October 7, 1763, the King, in what would prove to be a futile effort to save for the Amerindian Nations their remaining lands, assets, and cultures, issued a royal proclamation..... An excerpt from this proclamation reads:

AND WHEREAS, it is just and reasonable, and essential to our interest, and the
security of our Colonies, that the several Nations or Tribes of Indians with whom We
are connected, and who live under our protection, should not be molested or
disturbed in the Possession of such Parts of Our Dominions, and Territories, as not
having been ceded to or purchased by Us, are reserved to them or any of them,
as their Hunting Grounds; We do therefore, with the Advice of Our Privy Council,
declare it to be Our Royal Will and Pleasure, that no Governor or Commander
in Chief in any of Our Colonies of Quebec, East Florida, or West Florida, do presume,
upon any Pretence whatever, to grant Warrants of Survey, or pass any Patents for
Lands beyond the Bounds of their respective Governments, as described in their
Commissions; as also that no Governor or Commander in Chief in any of Our other
Colonies or Plantations in America, do presume for the present, and until Our
further Pleasure be Known, to grant Warrants of Survey, or pass Patents for any
Lands beyond the Heads or Sources of the Rivers which fall into the Atlantic Ocean
from the West and North West, or upon any Lands whatever, which, not having been
ceded to or purchased by Us as aforesaid, are reserved to the said Indians, or any of
them....

The colonial governments and colonists carried on with illegal expropriation of Indian land as if the Proclamation didn't exist.

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