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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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(p.29) CHAPTER 2 Harper
Conquest by Law

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This chapter recounts the efforts of the New England Mississippi Land Company to appropriate title to lands farther south. Ultimately, the New England Mississippi Land Company's chief counsel, Robert Goodloe Harper, would present both its claims and those of the United Illinois and Wabash Land Companies to the Supreme Court, tying together two of the Court's most important early decisions, Johnson v. M'Intosh and Fletcher v. Peck, and setting the stage for the judicial conquest of Native America.

Keywords:   New England Mississippi Land Company, Robert Goodloe Harper, United Illinois and Wabash Land Companies, Supreme Court, Johnson v. M'Intosh, Fletcher v. Peck

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