From Ohio History Central
Also, many Americans believed that England did not understand or truly care about many of the needs of the colonists. After the French and Indian War, England acquired most of France's North American territory through the Treaty of Paris (1763). England issued the Proclamation of 1763, which forbid English colonists from living west of the Appalachian Mountains. Any settlers currently west of the mountains were to move back to the East. All English territory between the Appalachians and the Mississippi River was now reserved to Native American people. One reason the French and Indian War had occurred from 1756 to 1763 was to gain access to land in the Ohio Country. By issuing the proclamation, England denied this opportunity to many of its colonists. After more than a decade of petitioning the English government, the colonies decided to declare their independence and begin the American Revolution.
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