Native Lands and American Expansion in the Early Republic
Authors: Emilie Connolly, New York University; Franklin Sammons, University of California, Berkeley
Comment: Nancy Shoemaker, University of Connecticut
Tuesday 5 November
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215
In the Early Republic, Americans pressed against the borders of the new nation to expand their control over Native lands. This panel examines these interactions between Native tribes and the land-hungry white settlers and speculators to discuss issues of agency, financial stability, and legal precedent. Emilie Connolly considers the 1797 Treaty of Big Tree between the Seneca and Founding Father Robert Morris in New York State. Franklin Sammons looks at the illegal “Yazoo Land Sales” in Georgia.
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