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Report from the House Committee on Public Lands regarding Virginia Land Claims, 1844

Report from the House Committee on Public Lands regarding Virginia Land Claims, 1844

This 1844 report from the House Committee on Public Lands illustrates the complex border disputes of Virginia, dating back to the 17th century. The report states that the second royal charter (1609) granted Virginians a vast expanse of land that would later be carved up into “Maryland, Pennsylvania, Carolina, New York, Maine, and New Hampshire.” It also chronicles a period prior the Revolutionary War where an attempt was made to form a new state "west of the Alleghany."

RG 233, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives

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