How did the colonists respond to the Proclamation Act of 1763?

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After the French and Indian War ended, Great Britain received a lot of land from France. The colonists were excited when they heard the British received most of France’s land east of the Mississippi River.

However, the colonists were very upset when the British passed the Proclamation of 1763. This law prevented the colonists from moving into the land west of the Appalachian Mountains. The British were concerned that the Native Americans would attack the colonists who might try to settle in this region. Most Native Americans had sided with the French in the French and Indian War, and they were very concerned that the British were getting this land. The colonists, however, believed the British were trying to restrict their freedom by passing this law. Owning land was very important to the colonists.

The colonists were upset with the Proclamation of 1763, and some colonists took action to protest this law. Some colonists refused to follow the law and moved to this area. The colonists were further upset when Great Britain passed the Quartering Act that required the colonists to provide housing for the British soldiers who were enforcing the Proclamation of 1763. The Proclamation of 1763 made the colonists unhappy.

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