What was Pontiac's Rebellion? How did this rebellion affect the colonies?

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Pontiac’s Rebellion began in 1763. Many Native American tribes had been very friendly with the French. The Native Americans were concerned when Great Britain got control over the land that France had previously controlled. When France lost the French and Indian War, they gave this land to Great Britain. Many of the Native Americans didn’t like or trust the British.

Pontiac was a chief of the Ottawa tribe. He led a group of Native American tribes in several attacks against the British. These battles lasted several years until Pontiac signed an agreement with the British.

This rebellion was important for the colonists. The British were concerned that the colonists would be harmed by these attacks. Thus, the British Parliament passed the Proclamation of 1763. This law prevented the colonists from moving into the land that Great Britain had just received from France. The colonists were unhappy because they wanted to go and settle in this area. Some colonists disobeyed the law and went into this area. When the British passed the Quartering Act, which required the colonists to provide housing for the British troops that were enforcing the Proclamation of 1763, the colonists became more upset. These two laws were some of the early actions that eventually led to the start of the Revolutionary War.

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