Dunmore's Proclamation

  • dunmore's proclamation
    dunmoresproclamation.jpg
    a copy of the original printing
    creatednovember 7, 1775
    ratifiednovember 14, 1775
    author(s)john murray, 4th earl of dunmore
    purposeto declare martial law, and to encourage slaves of rebels in virginia to leave their masters and support the loyalist cause

    dunmore's proclamation, is a historical document signed on november 7, 1775, by john murray, 4th earl of dunmore, royal governor of the british colony of virginia. the proclamation declared martial law[1] and promised freedom for slaves of american revolutionaries who left their owners and joined the royal forces.

    formally proclaimed on november 15, its publication prompted a flood of slaves (from both patriot and loyalist owners) to run away and enlist with dunmore; during the course of the war, between 80,000 and 100,000 slaves escaped from the plantations.[2] it also raised a furor among virginia's slave-owning elites (again of both political persuasions), to whom the possibility of a slave rebellion was a major fear. the proclamation ultimately failed in meeting dunmore's objectives; he was forced out of the colony in 1776, taking about 300 former slaves with him.

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Dunmore's Proclamation
DunmoresProclamation.jpg
A copy of the original printing
CreatedNovember 7, 1775
RatifiedNovember 14, 1775
Author(s)John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore
PurposeTo declare martial law, and to encourage slaves of rebels in Virginia to leave their masters and support the Loyalist cause

Dunmore's Proclamation, is a historical document signed on November 7, 1775, by John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, royal governor of the British Colony of Virginia. The proclamation declared martial law[1] and promised freedom for slaves of American revolutionaries who left their owners and joined the royal forces.

Formally proclaimed on November 15, its publication prompted a flood of slaves (from both patriot and loyalist owners) to run away and enlist with Dunmore; during the course of the war, between 80,000 and 100,000 slaves escaped from the plantations.[2] It also raised a furor among Virginia's slave-owning elites (again of both political persuasions), to whom the possibility of a slave rebellion was a major fear. The proclamation ultimately failed in meeting Dunmore's objectives; he was forced out of the colony in 1776, taking about 300 former slaves with him.

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