King George III (that Hanoverian tyrant) wanted to cut defense spending associated with the American colonies (Scotsmen picking fights) so he issued the Royal Proclamation in 1763 which created (among other things) a line along the Eastern Continental Divide beyond which Whites could not settle. Settlements had already occurred in West Virginia, western Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Tennessee by the time of the Revolution.

>>> Laughs diabolically and nefariously in maniacal Rhode Islandese, or regularly in Delawarish <<<

After the American Revolution, some (extra fancy and probably quite handsome) delegate in the Continental Congress convinces the frontier states to cede all their claims west of the Proclamation Line to the Continental Congress.

Tennessee will be a little longer east to west, but it may have some longitudinal nibbles. Kentucky might be stretched and shrunk in certain places. Good shot for a West Virginia (Westsylvania) that goes north to the Erie Triangle too.

I think this presents some neat opportunities for the Native Americans, especially the Cherokee and Creek. Georgia won't have as much of an opportunity to play shenanigans with the Yazoo lands either. Also, if the good gentleman from New Jersey can be bothered to drag his butt out of bed, we could very well prevent the spread of slavery to the western lands.
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Does anyone have thoughts about how this transaction could have taken place? Is there something that could have been put on the table to make this worthwhile for the affected states? Is there a grand bargain that this could have figured in as a secondary feature?