Monday, October 07, 2013

Mappy Monday: Royal Proclamation of 1763

Map of Quebec in 1776
“A new map of the Province of Quebec according to the Royal Proclamation of the 7th October 1763 from the French surveys connected with those made after the war by Captain Carver and other officers in His Majesty's Services.”

7 October 2013 marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation by King George III, which established “a new administrative structure for the recently acquired territories in North America [and] established new rules and protocols for future relations with First Nations people”. [1]

History was my favorite subject in school and at university. It was exciting and fun to learn about people and events; how and why things happened; to travel the world and time. I don’t seem to remember learning about the Royal Proclamation of 1763, but I’m sure that a few of my History teachers like Madame Bergeron in Grade 8 or Monsieur Paradis in Grade 10 spent some class time explaining this consequence of the Seven Years’ War and its aftermath, including how the colony of New France in North America was transferred to Great Britain from France.

The map above, published in 1776, shows the changes in boundaries of the government of Quebec as a result of the Proclamation. [2]

Image Credit: Library and Archives Canada. Cartographer: Jonathan Carver (1710-1780).


1. “250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763”, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada ( : accessed 3 October 2013).

2. “Archives Search”, Library and Archives Canada ( : accessed 3 October 2013), “royal proclamation”.

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

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