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The story of the Native people who came in contact with colonial Virginians is a complex and layered story of diplomacy. We often refer to these nations as tribes today, but each had independence, political autonomy, and what we should think of as foreign policies designed to deal with other American Indian nations and with the European nations who were settling in North America.
At the end of the Seven Years’ War in 1763, France surrendered Canada and much of the Ohio and Mississippi valleys—two-thirds of eastern North America—to England. The Proclamation of 1763 established British sovereignty over that land and dictated how colonial Americans could use the land and interact with American Indians who lived there.