Proclamation By King George III of Great Britain (restricting settlement west of the Appalachian Mountains), October 1763

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This proclamation by King George III restricted settlement west of the Appalachian Mountains. In the eyes of the British Government, the proclamation served to create a protective buffer zone between the colonists and Native Americans at the close of the French and Indian War.  For the American colonists however, this act appeared to be an infringement on their rights and contributed to the divergence of the colonies from the mother country that led to the Revolutionary War. 


Proclamation of 7 October 1763.  Great Britain, Sovereign (1760-1820: George III). Constitutional and Organic Papers.  S 131006.  South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina.

Correlating SC Social Studies Academic Standards:

Standard 3-2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the exploration and settlement of South Carolina and the United States.

Indicator 3-2.5 Summarize the impact that the European colonization of South Carolina had on Native Americans, including conflicts between settlers and Native Americans. (H, G)

Indicator 3-2.6 Summarize the contributions of settlers in South Carolina under the Lords Proprietors and the Royal colonial government, including the English from Barbados and the other groups who made up the diverse European population of early South Carolina. (H, G)

Standard 4.2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the settlement of North America by Native Americans, Europeans, African-Americans and the interactions among these peoples.

Indicator 4-2.4 Compare the European settlements in North America in terms of their economic activities, religious emphasis, government, and lifestyles. (H, G, E, P)

Indicator 4-2.7 Explain how conflicts and cooperation among the Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans influenced colonial events including the French and Indian Wars, slave revolts, Native American wars, and trade. (H, G, P, E)

Standard 8-1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the settlement of South Carolina and the Untied States by Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans.

Indicator 8-1.7 Summarize the military and economic involvement of South Carolina in the French-British colonial rivalry. (H, G, P, E)

Standard USHC-1: The student will demonstrate an understanding of exploration and settlement of North America.

Indicator USHC-1.1 Summarize the distinct characteristics of each colonial region in the settlement and development of America, including religious, social, political, and economic differences. (H, E, P, G)

Standard USHC-2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the establishment of the United States as a new nation.

Indicator USHC-2.1 Summarize the early development of representative government and political rights in the American colonies, including the influence of the British political system, the rule of law and the conflict between the colonial legislatures and the royal governors. (P, H)


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