Proclamation Of 1763 Research Paper

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In 1763, a proclamation was created by the British, known as the Proclamation of 1763, which stated that colonial settlers could not travel west of the Appalachian Mountains. It was (supposedly) for the settlers’ own safety and protection after the French and Indian War, which had only recently ended, and also to preserve land claims of the British. However, despite the potential ‘benefits’ (safety) of this proclamation, it upset the colonists. This was because they had just helped the British to fight against the French in the French and Indian war, and expected land and freedom to expand westward as a reward of sorts. The colonists promptly ignored the proclamation, and, as they outnumbered the British, went west of the Appalachians. They also began to resists the British, by boycotting British goods.…show more content…
This act set a tax on paper products, such as stamps and playing cards. This upset the colonial settlers, firstly, because it meant they had to pay additional money on items that were previously un-taxed. They were also annoyed because, having just fought on Britain’s side in the French and Indian war, they were now being made to pay for the cost of the war. The colonists’ reaction was outraged and violent: The sons of liberty tarred and feathered tax collectors, a both humiliating and painful punishment. In 1766, the act was repealed – probably due to the highly negative protestations of the colonists. However, the Stamp act was one in a line of British laws and acts that lead to the American Revolution: The next one was the Tea Act of 1773. This act lowered the cost of tea, but it posed a threat to the business of tea from colonial importers. This was a trigger to the Boston Tea Party, also of 1773, which was when a group of colonists, dressed as Native Americans, boarded British ships in Boston harbor and threw tea into the

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