After 1763, although the British claimed a large portion of North America, the Proclamation Line of 1763 prohibited American colonists from moving into Native territories west of the Appalachian mountains. The British colonists, who had fought alongside the British in the war, were not happy with this limitation.
Appalachia is a region whose geographical boundaries exist not because of any legal boundaries, but because of the shared history, culture, and environment of mountain people in eastern North America. We believe that any progress toward justice in this region requires a clear understanding of place. Below is a brief overview of the very long, complex, difficult and beautiful history of Appalachia.