Effects of French & Indian War
The French and Indian War, or The Seven Years War, had a significant impact on American colonists, their relationship with the motherland of Great Britain but none more so than the Indian tribes of the interior. Britain’s victory over France would, in essence, change the world at that time. It would not create a peaceful existence for those remaining in the Colonies. Hostilities grew at an alarming rate within the interior of the country due in part to an Indian uprising. Also prevalent in the time were power shift among colonies that ended a time of peacefulness with local Indian tribes and mounting tensions with King George III and British government.
During the Peace of Paris Treaty in 1763, which ended the French and Indian War, France deeded lands to Britain that Indians tribes claim as their own. This blunder would cause confusion of land ownership and fur trades that would cause the Indians of the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes to revolt against the British rule in 1763. A noted cause of the rebellion was the teaching of religious prophet by the name of Neolin whom taught his people to reject all technology and dress as their ancestors did and drive the British from their lands. This revolt would become known as Pontiac’s Rebellion; so named for the Ottawa war leader... In a noted speech Pontiac would state: “Englishmen, although you have conquered the French, you have not yet conquered us! We are not your slaves. These lakes, these woods and mountains were left to us by our ancestors. They are our inheritance and we will part with them to none.” (1) Tribes from the several different areas lay siege to Detroit, a major British outpost, taking forts and killing hundreds of white settlers they felt had intruded upon Indian lands. British forces would respond and over the next two years tribes would settle down individually. The revolt would result in the Proclamation of 1763, issued from London, prohibiting colonization...
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