It rendered worthless land grants given by the British government to Americans who fought for the crown against France. The Proclamation angered American colonists who wanted to continue their expansion into new farm lands. The Royal Proclamation continues to be of importance to First Nations in Canada. Lawrence Divide from there northwards through New England, the Treaty of Paris was the official conclusion of the Seven Years War, of which the French and Indian War was the North American theater. Under this treaty, France ceded ownership to Britain all of continental North America east of the Mississippi River, including Quebec, Spain received all French territory west of the Mississippi. Both Spain and Britain received some French islands in the Caribbean, France kept a few small islands used by fishermen, modern-day Haiti and the rich sugar island of Guadeloupe. Besides regulating colonial expansion, the Proclamation of 1763 dealt with the management of inherited French colonies from the French and it established government for four areas, Quebec, West Florida, East Florida, and Grenada. Some Native American peoples—primarily in the Great Lakes region—had a long and close relationship with France and they missed the gifts the French bestowed and the amicable relationship with the French, neither of which they had with the British. Pontiacs Rebellion, a war launched by a group of natives around the Great Lakes, however tribes were able to take over a large number of the forts which commanded the waterways involved in trade within the region and export to Great Britain. The Proclamation of 1763 had been in the works before Pontiacs Rebellion, British officials hoped the proclamation would reconcile American Indians to British rule and help to prevent future hostilities. At the outset, the Royal Proclamation of 1763 defined the limits of the conquered territory. Out of what had been the Canada colony of New France, a new colony. The territory northeast of the St. John River on the Labrador coast was placed under the Newfoundland Colony, the proclamation created a boundary line between the British colonies on the Atlantic coast and American Indian lands west of the Appalachian Mountains. It was also not designed as a boundary, people could cross the line. Its contour was defined by the headwaters that formed the watershed along the Appalachians, the proclamation outlawed the private purchase of Native American land, which had often created problems in the past. Instead, all future land purchases were to be made by Crown officials at some public Meeting or Assembly of the said Indians, furthermore, British colonials were forbidden to settle on native lands, and colonial officials were forbidden to grant ground or lands without royal approval. The proclamation gave the Crown a monopoly on all future land purchases from American Indians, British colonists and land speculators objected to the proclamation boundary since the British government had already assigned land grants to them. Many settlements already existed beyond the line, some of which had been temporarily evacuated during Pontiacs War
USA Proclamation of 1763 Silver Medal. Franklin Mint Issue 1970.
The Eastern (orange line) in the southern areas, and St. Lawrence (magenta line) watershed boundaries in the northern areas of this map more-or-less defined almost all of the Royal Proclamation's western boundaries
New borders drawn by the Royal Proclamation of 1763.
A portion of eastern North America; the 1763 "proclamation line" is the border between the red and the pink areas.