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Blacksburg in Montgomery County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Eastern Continental Divide & 1763 Proclamation Line

 
 
Eastern Continental Divide & 1763 Proclamation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 27, 2015
1. Eastern Continental Divide & 1763 Proclamation Marker
Inscription. Main Street, near here, crosses a barely perceptible ridge line. This line divides water flowing east to the Atlantic Ocean, via the Roanoke River basin, from water flowing west to the Gulf of Mexico, via the New, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers. In October 1763, by Royal Proclamation, King George III forbade Virginians to settle west of this line. Virginians considered the taking up of western land as their natural right. Shutting off access to this land was a provocation that accelerated the building momentum in Virginia for the coming American Revolution.
 
Location. 37° 13.329′ N, 80° 24.355′ W. Marker is in Blacksburg, Virginia, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street (Business U.S. 460) and Graves Avenue, on the right when traveling west on South Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blacksburg VA 24060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Blacksburg Motor Company Building 1924 (approx. half a mile away); William Black (approx. mile away); The Armory (approx. mile away); The Cellar Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); William Frank Henderson
S Main St & Graves Ave (facing west) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 27, 2015
2. S Main St & Graves Ave (facing west)
(approx. 0.8 miles away); Westview Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Carol Montgomery Newman (approx. 0.9 miles away); John Houston Squires (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Blacksburg.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 253 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 26, 2016.
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