King George III’s Royal Proclamation of Oct. 7, 1763, was issued to establish administrative regions in North America by which Britain could organize and control its newly acquired half a billion acres of territory to the north, west and south of its 13 American colonies. Essentially, the proclamation outlined a management plan for the newly acquired British North American empire.
This enormous new land empire came at the expense of France and Spain under the terms of the Treaty of Paris signed on Feb. 10, 1763. With Britain finally triumphant after almost a decade of hostilities in North America, the treaty settled the outcome of the French and Indian War.
Glanville is a retired chemist who lives in Blacksburg. He is an expert on history of Southwest Virginia about which he has been publishing and lecturing for a decade.