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George III, King of Great Britain (1738-1820) A Proclamation.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05214 Author/Creator: George III, King of Great Britain (1738-1820) Place Written: London Type: Broadsides Date: 1763 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: The proclamation establishes colonial rule over former French and Spanish possessions in Canada, Florida, Grenada and other areas; it offers tolerance to Roman Catholics; it calls for governments and assemblies like those in existing colonies and recognizes the rights and land ownership of Indian tribes. One of nine known surviving copies. References: Clarence Brigham, British royal proclamations relating to America, 1603-1783; Clements Sale 1996 lot 223. Nine copies are known to survive.

People: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Government and Civics, Canada, Religion, Catholicism, American Indian History

Sub Era: Road to Revolution