Royal Proclamation

May 4, 2017

Royal Proclamation of 1763

Royal Proclamation of 1763. Library and Archives Canada, MIKAN 1386632


While the Treaty of Paris transferred France’s North American territories to Britain, the Royal Proclamation that followed was the plan for the administration of those colonies then under British rule. It provided for the establishment of colonial governments and also created the framework for the eventual negotiation of First Nations treaties. In an attempt to stabilize relations with First Peoples, the proclamation also forbade settlement west of the Appalachians. The Royal Proclamation represented the first step by the Crown toward recognition of Aboriginal title.

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