Monday, November 24, 2014

7th Grade: French & Indian War

The Proclamation of 1763 forbid the English colonists from moving west of the Appalachians after the French and Indian War.  Why did King George III pass this law and what were its effects? If you were a colonist, how would you feel about this law? (Post using first name, last initial and period ONLY.  Choose ANONYMOUS as your profile!)


  1. King George passed the law that didn't allow the colonists to go west to their new land because of fear of more war against the Indians. The land was full of hostile Natives that could potentially cause a war. Some effects of the French and Indian War included taxes on a lot of regular items, which lead to other events like the Boston Tea Party. However, the biggest effect was the Revolutionary War. If I was a colonist, I would be furious towards King George III. Considering that I had just won a war that took the lives of so many people, and then I can't go to the place I won would make me crazy. By doing this, its almost like the French had won. If we weren't allowed to use the land, then what was the point of the war? Hundreds of people died to get this land, and by not being allowed to use the land makes it seem like they died for nothing.

    -Haley N.
    Period 10/11 A Day

  2. King George III issued a proclamation on October 7, 1763, that created a boundary between Indian lands and white settlements. Running from north to south along the Appalachian Mountain range, the proclamation decreed that whites would henceforth be forbidden to settle in land west of the boundary, which was to be reserved for Indian use. No individuals or groups would be allowed to purchase western lands without the Crown's explicit consent. Whites currently living in the western territory were ordered to vacate their lands. In order to enforce the proclamation, Britain stationed troops at forts throughout the region.Despite the strong language of the proclamation, the British could not, or would not, enforce their provisions. White settlers continued to pour into the region, returning to old frontier towns and establishing new ones. Although many wealthy land speculators who held large tracts of land in the western territories believed that the line was only a temporary expedient that would never succeed, many others felt annoyed or threatened by Britain's heavy-handed intervention in colonial affairs. In many ways, then, the Proclamation Line can be considered the first of Britain's policies that would put the colonies on the path to revolution.

    -Liam T
    Period 10/11 A day

  3. King George beat the french yet he was in debt. In order to regain his money he put taxes on the colony's and enforced a law that didn't allow them to pass the Appalachian Mountains to prevent conflict between the Indians. Yet the English ignored him and were even angrier when they were taxed. King George saw this as rebellion. If I were a colonist I would never pay a cent to King George due to the fact it was taxation without representation.

    Nicholas D
    Period 3-4(B)

  4. King George III stated this as a law because he knew Indians lived there and they can attack and kill the settlers that are exploring. Theses effects lead to taxes which no settler was happy about. If I was a colonists I would feel that this law is silly because we have more troops than the Indians have people.

    JJ S
    10-11 B

  5. King George started this law because he had no money and no one was listening to what he said.. He had no money because he spent it on the war called The French and Indian War. This effect lead to two things. One, the king told the settlers of the thirteen colonies that they couldn't live in the land they just won. Second, because he spent all his money on the war and the settlers didn't listen to him, they started getting taxes. When you just won The French and Indian War, then the king tells you you can't live in that area, then he gives you taxes? I think that is cruel what the king did. Instead of charging them taxes for breaking the rules, he should instead of doing that he should work to survive. I know he is the king but it seems like he doesn't know what it feels like to be a settler. If I was one of those colonists I wouldn't be too happy about it. If we were just in the thirteen colonies I after that war I would feel like I'm trapped in a cage with a bundle of people. That's what think and I know about what happened to the settlers of the thirteen colonies.

    Alyssa A.
    10-11 B Day

  6. King George III passed that law because he did not have enough money for people to live if they spread out their land and civilization. Since he spent so much money on the French and Indian war, he needed to get more money instead of spending or else they would be in trouble. Because this happened, the colonists were mad that since they or their family members went to war, that they did not get to benefit from what they earned in their winnings. This causes the colonists to get upset, which I would not blame them. If I was a colonist, I would demand some of the earnings as well so that we did not just take valuable lives for no reason.

    Sara D.
    10-11 A Day

  7. King George had started the law because of the French and Indian war. In order to stay out of debt they had to tax the colonists and they had to block off the land they had won from the French because then he had to spend more money to clear away Indians and if anyone was killed he still had to pay. If I were a colonist I would have crossed the path into the land that had recently been won by the English. I would be sick and tired of getting cramped in with other people,I would have taken everything with me and started somewhere new. That is what other colonists did and they got in trouble. People started fights with England and that started the Revolutionary war.

  8. King George wanted to keep the colonist in a more controlled area. He also wanted to the Indian population to die down from the measles virus hat he implanted there.I would be very angry just as the colonist were because many died to get that land.
    Eddie Farrell period 10-11

  9. king george III passed this law because he didn't want a war with the indians because he was in debt and couldn't afford to send more troops.The king made boundaries for his people to not pass. If i was a colonist and i had to follow this law i would do exactly what the other colonists did and go onto the other land. There wasn't enough room in the 13 colonies because people kept coming so the colonists needed other room so decided to go past the boundary to get more land.
    TommyT and RobS
    Period: 10/11 A

  10. King George III passed the law because he didn't want to have to fight in war against the Indians. He passed the law that didn't allow the colonists to go west to their new land because of the fear of more wars against the Indians. King George III did not fight because he didn't have enough money to get good troops to fight because he was in debt. If i were a colonist I would be so mad because I just fought in a war but I’m not allowed to that place?! Why not? I should have the right to go there. Why could I not come on a piece of land. SO many people died in the war to have that piece of land and now no one can own it
    ~Katelyn Reid & Amanda Burke

  11. King George passed a law that you could not settle west of the Appalachian mountains, which the colonists fought for. The king passed the law to avoid more war. The colonists were very very mad. If I was a colonists I would be furious, many men fought and died in that war. My brother and father would have fought and probably would have either died or would be severely injured. The men that died fought for ownership of that piece of land, they had died in vein. Their death was for the right for the colonists to move to the new land, that was no longer aloud.
    -Morgan McCormack

  12. King George lll passed the law that you could not settle west of the Appalachian Mountains because it would be much harder to keep the colonists in check, when the range of the colonists were so big. So to keep them controlled, he passed that law. The effects were the Indians gaining the land, and having less land to rule, causing him to tax the colonists. Also, the colonists were very mad at the king.If I were a colonist I would be very mad about the law because we just finished fighting for that land, and now we cant even live there. I would be very upset.
    Aliza C, and Olivia T
    Period 10-11 B-Day

  13. King George passed this law because it was much harder to keep the colonists in check. So to keep them from going out he passed this law. The effects were the Indians gaining land. The colonists were very mad at the king. If I were one of the colonists I would be very mad because he is basically saying that you can't go anywhere because I'm in charge of you.

    Matt C 3-4A

  14. King George passed the Proclamation of 1763 because the colonists were trying to settle on the other side of the appellation mountains and if the colonists did this the king would have to spend more money to send supplies to the colonies trying to settle in the west side of the mountains. The king didn't have anymore money to spend on anyhtting else because he was already in debt from the French and Indian war.

    Vienne U. Period 10/11 A

  15. King George did this because he didn't want to have to go through fighting. He was already in debt and he didn't want to fall in deeper. At the time he was also suffering from a mental illness so he didn't really know what he was doing. he didn't want the french and Indians to come to England.

    TJ Latore
    3-4 B

  16. During the time when King George passed the law England was in debt due to the previous war.
    King George passed the law because he didn't want to spend money on another war if the colonists got the Indians upset, since there were already Indians living west of the Appalachians. If I was a colonist I would feel very angry because we just fought a war for that land. The French and Indian War was basically a waste of money and it took the lives of so many people.

    Alanis C.

  17. King George passed this law because he wanted the colonists to stay safe and away from the Indians. The effect that this had was that it upset the colonists. They wanted the land that they fought for. If I were a colonists I would be mad but I would understand where the king was coming from. I would want to use the land I fought for but I would understand that the king wanted us to stay safe and that this was the only thing that the natives got from the war.
    Molly K
    P 3/4 A

  18. King George passed the law for the colonists not to move into the new territory that the had just won through the French and Indian War/Seven Year War because then the natives would have to leave their land. The effects of this was angering the colonists, and the colonists moving onto the forbidden territory anyway. If I were a colonist I would be angry about this law because we had just fought a war for this land! We didn't fight for nothing! But, then again, I would understand the king's reasoning's for doing this.

    Chloe S
    Period 3-4A

  19. King George passed the law to have peace with the Indians. He didn't wan't his colonist to go into another war. The colonists were very mad about this law! They just won the land and now they cant even live in it. There was a lot of controversy between the colonists and the king. The colonists were so mad they disobeyed they king and moved there anyway. The king was not happy about this move either. The king shouldn't have forbid the land to the colonists because the Indians do not own the land anymore.
    Darien Rinn
    Period 3-4 A

  20. The Proclamation of 1763 forbade the colonies from claiming the new land they had won after the French and Indian War. King George passed the law because he knew if the colonies advanced they would have run-ins with the Natives on the land. The colonies didn’t know this and advanced anyway. If I was a colonist I wouldn’t have listened to the law either.

    ~Kaylee G 3/4 A

  21. The Proclamation of 1763 forbid the English colonists from moving west of the Appalachians after the French and Indian War. King George passed the law because he knew that the colonists would more than likely come across the Native Indians as they moved west, and that would cause another war over the land. The king had already spent so much money on the French and Indian War by sending British troops out to fight for the colonists against the French, because they needed more people to fight. This had put the King in debt, and he did not want to risk losing more money and failing his country. The colonists were angered and upset because they had just fought a war and lost soldiers for the land, and they were getting what they fought for taken away from them. The effect of this was that the colonists decided to advance west anyways, no matter what laws King George had passed. The effect of the colonists ignoring the Proclamation and venturing forth was making the king furious, so he decided he would make the colonists pay taxes to pay back the debt the previous war had put him under. If I were a colonist and the King had passed this law right after I fought for that land, I wouldn't listen to the law because I was one hundred percent entitled to that land. I had just fought for what I wanted and won, so no law will stop me from getting what I deserved. :)

    ~Gabriella L. 3/4 A

  22. After the English won the French and Indian War, they received all American land east of the Mississippi River. The reason many colonists fought in this war alongside the British troops is because they wanted the land to farm. However, King George III would not let the colonists settle in the area that they had fought for, proclaiming that the area west of the Appalachian Mountains was Indian land. King George did this because he would have to supply more troops to the colonies if the people were more spread out. He would also have a harder time collecting taxes. If I were a colonist during this time I would be furious. I would think King George was being cheap, but still wanted to control everything in the colonies. If he gave more recognition to the colonists and allowed them to have more power over themselves, losing some control, he would be giving them what they had fought for. If King George did allow the new area to be settled they may have not had so many colonists against them, allowing them to keep America.

    Jack S
    10/11 B

  23. King George passed this law because after the French and Indian war the British had won it which meant the British owned west of the Application Mountains till the Mississippi river The colonist the king was afraid the colonist would start to move west and they could start a war with the Indians. King George was already in debt from the French and Indian war so he did not want to lose any more money. If I was a colonist I would think it was unfair because we fought for that and we own it so we can go on it if we choose. The king lives more than 3,000 miles away we are running the colonies its our land and our choice.
    Christopher M
    Period: 10/11 A

  24. King George passed this law because after the French and Indian war, the Indians would have no where to live with the British owning their original land. So King George allowed them to keep their original land, and forced the colonists to stay off of it. This infuriated the colonists. They felt like they didn't have enough space in the land they already had. I would feel the same. King George wasn't even in the colonies himself - he was comfortable in England. The colonists should have been able to choose whether or not they wanted to live on the land, and could have coexisted with the Indians. It was their land, and it should have been up to them.

    Cameron Craig
    Period 10-11A

    1. You make a really great point Cameron. King Goerge was not even dedicated enough to his own country to come to the colonies in order to make this decision. He didn't even take the colonists opinion who were in the colonies. How could it be King George's land if he wasn't even close to it or concerned about it?

    2. -Megan F. period 10/11 B

  25. After England won the French and Indian War, King George III passed the Proclamation of 1763. Hostile natives lived West of the Appalachian Mountains. The proclamation kept them away from this dangerous area. Colonists were enraged that they fought as hard as the did in the french and Indian war because they only could use some of what the risked their lives for. So, colonists settled in the west anyway. I do not blame these colonists because they with everything they had for all of America and only received half. I would be furious with King George for making England fight so hard and being fine with tossing half the land to the Indians just like that. He did not even try to solve the situation. I would not want someone ruling me who doesn’t take what I fight for seriously. Especially when I am fighting for his country. The colonist were not wrong to want to be free from England. They posted off saying they want to be free for a while in my opinion. King George treated the colonies like trash and was never a good King.
    -Megan F p. 10/11 B

  26. King George passed this law after the French and Indian War because after the war, he didn't have enough money to supply the colonist with weapons and he knew that most likely they would run into the Native Americans. Also, he did not want to start a war after that long war they just recently had. This made the colonist feel furious. If I was a colonist, I would feel the same way. I would feel this way since I just earned that land and fought for it, so I should be allowed to go on it. King George wasn't even close to the battle, so he shouldn't be the one to say they couldn't go on that land.
    -Devon O. p. 10/11B