While only a gray point between the French and Indian War,
the repeal of taxes, and the Revolutionary War
Proclamation of 1763 had a significant effect on the attitudes of
the colonials toward the British. After the French and Indian War and the
treaty of Paris,
the Proclamation of 1763 was one of the first documents issued to govern the colonies.
This proclamation simply stated that no further settlement beyond the Appalachian
Mountains was allowed. To the colonists it was a direct blow to their confidence. The
colonists interpreted this proclamation as putting an off limits sign on the Ohio River Valley
which the whole war had started over. The proclamations misinterpretation was a big key
to the view of the colonials. With some convincing a colonial could be shown that since the
French and Indian War the acts, taxes, and proclamations have been directed to repress the
colonial growth and extend a firmer grip over North America. The real purpose for the
Proclamation of 1763 was to temporarily solve the Indian problem. The Indianís rights and
property were being violated and the British government realized this and took action.
They had just ended a costly war and couldnít afford small skirmishes and conflicts 3000
miles from home. The effects of the proclamation were small but the connotation of them
resonated its way through to the revolution. With Britainís failure to clearly identify its
intentions to the colonials it simply began a chain of events that would lead to a revolution.
The mighty Britain was not a force that one would want to reckon with in the 1700s.
Their demise was partially brought upon themselves when they developed a characteristic
character flaw. Their strength in numbers or magnitude caused this flaw which would lead
them to their downfall. This flaw made the waves of the splash exponentially bigger than the
actual splash. The grand scale of a big war caused a multitude of repercussions that sacrificed
Britain to its colonies.