The Illinois and Wabash Land Companies

Lindsay G. Robertson

in Conquest by Law

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195148695
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788941 | DOI:
 The Illinois and Wabash Land Companies

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This chapter discusses the case of Johnson v. M'Intosh. The case, from the beginning, is a story about land: 43,000 square miles of lush, rolling farmland commanding the junctures of four major river systems in Indiana and Illinois. It is a story of unintended consequences, of the way a spurious claim gave rise to a doctrine intended to be of limited application, which itself gave rise to a massive displacement of persons, and the creation of an entire legal regime.

Keywords: Johnson v. M'Intosh; land; discovery doctrine; indigenous peoples; sovereign; Europeans; Native Americans

Chapter.  8301 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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