Royal Proclamation of King George III recognizes Aboriginal title and rights to land

King George III issues a Royal Proclamation to affirm the Treaty of Paris and expand Britain’s claims beyond the Treaty. While reserving the lands of the west for the “Indian nations,” the King declares that these territories are now under the “Sovereignty, Protection, and Dominion” of Britain and are to be surrendered only to the British Crown. Under British sovereignty, peace and friendship treaty-making gives way to surrender treaties and the Crown forgets the international character of nation-to-nation relationships between Indian nations and Britain.