In an effort to resolve concerns of settlers and land speculators following the western boundary established by the Royal Proclamation of 1763 by King George III, it was desired to move the boundary further west to encompass more settlers who were outside of the boundary. The two treaties that resulted to address this issue were the Treaty of Hard Labour and the Treaty of Fort Stanwix. On October 17, 1768, British representative John Stuart signed the Treaty of Hard Labour with the Cherokee tribe, relinquishing all Cherokee claims to the property west of the Allegheny Mountains and east of the Ohio River, comprising all of present-day West Virginia except the extreme southwestern part of the state. The resulting boundary line ran from the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, to the headwaters of the Kanawha River, then south to Spanish East Florida.
The following month, the Treaty of Fort Stanwix was signed with the Iroquois which resulted in a different boundary line that followed the Ohio River to its confluence with the Tennessee River. This conflicted with the line set by the Treaty of Hard Labour by moving the Cherokees' bounds further west. In 1770, the Treaty of Lochaber redrew the line originally set by the Treaty of Hard Labour.
- "Treaty of Hard Labour – West Virginia (WV) Cyclopedia". Wvexp.com. 2004-10-27. http://www.wvexp.com/index.php/Treaty_of_Hard_Labour. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
- "Fort Stanwix National Monument – 1768 Boundary Line Treaty of Fort Stanwix (U.S. National Park Service)". Nps.gov. 2010-05-02. http://www.nps.gov/fost/historyculture/1768-boundary-line-treaty.htm. Retrieved 2012-02-17.
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