Land of the Brave

State Land Claims

Colonial America - Land of the Brave

State Land Claims

King George III refused to discuss the petition that set forth the views of the people and the  Continental Congress, realized that reconciliation with Great Britain was impossible. Matters quickly escalated and on April 18, 1775 the began.

On May 15, 1776 Congress advised all the colonies to form governments for themselves. They adopted constitutions, and by doing so turned themselves from British colonies into independent states.

State Land Claims
The state land claims were as follows:

  • State Land Claims: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, claimed that their "from sea to sea" charters gave them lands between the mountains and the Mississippi River
  • State Land Claims: New York claimed that they had bought the Native Indian title to land in the Ohio valley
  • State Land Claims: The other six states consisting of Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland did not have "from sea to sea" charters, and so had no claims to western lands

Articles of Confederation - State Land Claims
While the colonies were gradually turning themselves into the states, Congress was trying to bind them into a union by means of a general constitution called the "Articles of Confederation." Approval of the ratification of the Articles of Confederation would bring the United States into being as a united, sovereign and national state. However, some of states had land claims they wanted recognized and refused to ratify the Articles of Confederation until these state land claims were settled. Approval of the ratification of the Articles of Confederation brought into being the United States as a united, sovereign and national state - America had become the United States. The Congress of the Confederation then passed the on July 13, 1787 which provided for the rapid and orderly expansion of the new nation across the continent.

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