Portrait of King George III, by Allan Ramsey
King George III disenfranchised land
syndicates in the colonies, declaring that Indians were entitled to
occupy their lands without molestation. The Appalachian
ridgeline was established as a dividing line between the British
settlements and Indian country.
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Persons who had settled on land not
ceded to Britain by the Indian tribes were ordered to remove
themselves from Indian land. Henceforth, purchases of Indian
lands would be unlawful unless done in a public meeting of
government representatives and Indian delegates.
By 1773, American settlers were
already ignoring the proclamation and setting up towns on the Ohio
River between Pittsburg and the river's mouth.