More Land and More Debt He wasn’t going to let them get off that easily. Those American colonists! He sent thousands of his soldiers to protect the colonists’ land. How many returned? He had spent all his tax money to end this war. And it started in their lands! All the colonists did was argue about how much pork to send to the troops! Don’t they know in whose kingdom they lived? King George III (the third), a young man of 25, wiggled on his throne as he listened to the latest complaint from the American colonies.
King George had learned his lesson about dealing with colonial complaints. He learned that the colonists had spent too much time on their own. They were getting used to doing what they wanted. He didn’t like their independent nature.
Now King George would make the colonists pay for the war. He would raise their taxes and make new laws. He would end their “democratic” legislatures and keep them out of expensive wars with the Native Americans. After the French and Indian War, many British settlers moved west. They built houses on land that Great Britain had won from the French. Native Americans feared that the settlers would destroy their way of life. Some Native Americans tried to drive the settlers away by attacking their homes and British forts. In 1763, King George issued a “proclamation” that said no colonists could settle west of the Appalachian Mountains and that all the land in the west was for the nations of the Native Americans!
King George shifted again on his beautiful, uncomfortable throne. Those complaining American colonists! They don’t want to follow my rules or pay my taxes? I will send over my soldiers to enforce the law! They will pay new taxes to support my soldiers! If they don’t pay, I will tell my soldiers to live in their houses! They will see who is King!
Many colonists did not like the way in which Great Britain was trying to control the colonies. Some colonists were angry that British troops were living in their towns and cities. Many colonists just ignored the Proclamation of 1763 and moved west.