Royal Proclamation, Oct. 7th, 1763 (bilingual)


Historical Note

This proclamation announced Britain's intentions to establish governments in different regions of newly acquired territories. Lord Mansfield indicated in a 1774 judgment that it was the constitution of Québec "by proclamation" until it was superceded by other acts.

Document Summary:
This proclamation outlined the future government of Québec. The governor would call an assembly "so soon as the state and circumstances of the said Colonies admit." Governors had power to make laws for "Public Peace, Welfare and good Government, as near as may be agreeable to the laws of England."

The document also reserved lands for Aboriginal people ("Indians") and ordered people settled on those lands to leave.