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Conquest by LawHow the Discovery of America Dispossessed Indigenous Peoples of Their Lands$
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Lindsay G. Robertson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148695

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148695.001.0001

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The Illinois and Wabash Land Companies

The Illinois and Wabash Land Companies

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(p.3) CHAPTER 1 The Illinois and Wabash Land Companies
Conquest by Law

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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

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