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Powhatan Legal Claims

Andrew Fitzmaurice

in Native Claims

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199794850
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919291 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794850.003.0004
Powhatan Legal Claims

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This essay concerns the legal claims made by the Powhatan peoples of the Chesapeake against the intrusion of the English at Jamestown in the years from 1606-9. The claims made by the Powhatans constitute one of the earliest, if not the earliest, sets of legal arguments made against English colonisation in North America. It was these claims which forced the English reversal regarding the need to justify the colony and launched the counter-legal claim for English title to North America.

Keywords: Powhatan; law of nations; England; colonisation; seventeenth century

Chapter.  9799 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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