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=====Colonial Land Claims=====


Northern half of Pennsylvania claimed by Connecticut until 1782.

New Hampshire claimed the area of Vermont.

Western New York, claimed by both New York and Massachusetts.

Massachusetts included the "District of Maine" and claimed Southern
portions of Wisconsin and Michigan.

Connecticut claimed Northern portions of Illinois, Indiana and
Ohio (aka Western Reserve).

Virginia included West Virginia, the "District of Kentucky" and claimed
the Central/Southern portions of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

North Carolina included the "Cumberland District" (aka "District of Miro")
(now Tennessee).

South Carolina included strip across Northern Georgia, Alabama and
Mississippi.

Georgia included North/Central Alabama and Mississippi.

Spain claimed Southern Alabama and Mississippi as part of West Florida.

=====Land Transfer Events 1783 - 1803=====


1783    Acquired by treaty from Great Britain: Lands North of River
	Ohio, bordered on the West by the Mississippi River, with a Northern
	boundary starting at Lake of the Woods in the NorthWest continuing East
	through the center points of Lakes Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario.

Note-  The "District of Maine" and New Hampshire's Northern borders
	were in dispute with Great Britain until 1842.

1784    Central/Southern portions of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio
	are ceded by Virginia.

1785    Southern portions of Wisconsin and Michigan are ceded by
	Massachusetts.

1786    Northern portions of Illinois and Indiana are ceded by
	Connecticut.

1786    New York and Massachusetts claims to Western New York are
	adjusted and control given to New York.

1787    Delaware admitted to the Union as 1st state.
	Pennsylvania admitted to the Union as 2nd state.
	New Jersey admitted to the Union as 3rd state.

1787    "NorthWest Territory" organized from areas of Wisconsin,
	Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, majority of Ohio, and NorthEast Minnesota.

1787    Strip across Northern Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi is
	ceded by South Carolina.  Unaffiliated until 1802.

1788    Georgia admitted to the Union as 4th state.
	Connecticut admitted to the Union as 5th state.
	Massachusetts admitted to the Union as 6th state.
	Maryland admitted to the Union as 7th state.
	South Carolina admitted to the Union as 8th state.
	New Hampshire admitted to the Union as 9th state.
	Virginia admitted to the Union as 10th state.
	New York admitted to the Union as 11th state.

1788    Far SouthWest tip of New York sold to Pennsylvania.

1789    (?)Far Western portions of Georgia's claim, between Yazoo and
	Mississippi Rivers (Yazoo Co's), granted to Tenn., VA., and S.C.(?).

1789    North Carolina admitted to the Union as 12th state.

1790    New York assumes claim to area of Vermont from New Hampshire.

1790    "Cumberland District" ceded by North Carolina and reorganized
	as the "Territory South of the River Ohio".

1790    Rhode Island admitted to the Union as 13th state.

1791    District of Columbia (Federal) created from lands ceded by
	Virginia and Maryland.  In 1846 Virginia lands were returned.

1791    Vermont admitted to the Union as 14th state.

1792    "District of Kentucky" admitted to the Union as State of
	Kentucky, 15th state.

1795    North/Central portions of Spanish West Florida are
	relinquished by Spain.

1795    (?)Yazoo Co's. ceded/relinquished from Tenn., VA., and
	S.C. back to Georgia.(?)

1796    "Territory South of River Ohio" admitted to the Union as State
	of Tennessee, 16th state.

1798    Old portion of Spanish West Florida is organized as the
	Mississippi Territory.     

1800    West of Mississippi River retroceded from Spain to France.
	Possession not taken until 1803.

1800    Northern Ohio (aka Western Reserve) ceded by Connecticut.

1800    Indiana Territory organized from NorthWest Territory, taking
	Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, NorthEast Minnesota and West half of
	Michigan.  "New" NorthWest Territory made up of Ohio and East half
	of Michigan.

1802    North/Central Mississippi and Alabama ceded by Georgia and
	added to the Mississippi Territory.

1802    Old South Carolina "strip" across Alabama and Mississippi added
	to the Mississippi Territory.  The "strip" across Georgia given to Georgia.

1803    Ohio admitted to the Union as 17th state.  Remainder of "New"
	NorthWest Territory (East half of Michigan) added to Indiana Territory.

1803    Louisiana Purchase from France.  Western borders in dispute
	with Spain until 1819.

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