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Document for January 2nd:
Petition of Daniel Boone praying for a grant of land within the territory of Louisiana


Petition of Daniel Boone praying for a grant of land within the territory of Louisiana, read January 2, 1810 (page 1); Records of the United States Senate.; Record Group 46; National Archives.

Read in the Senate on January 2, 1810, this petition from frontiersman Daniel Boone requests Congress’s help in reclaiming the title to his land in what is now St. Charles County, Missouri. Boone acquired land in Louisiana when it was under Spanish rule, but his title was deemed invalid after the territory came into possession of the United States with the Louisiana Purchase. Boone’s request would not be granted until February 10, 1814, when Congress passed an "Act for the Relief of Daniel Boone," which confirmed his title to the land.

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