Property and Ambiguity on Missisquoi Bay: 1760-1812

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Property and Ambiguity on Missisquoi Bay: 1760-1812
Abstract
Between 1760 and 1812, the fertile lands around Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay were bisected by an international boundary. During this intense period of settlement, these lands were also subject to competing claims by various individuals, states, empires, and First Nations, all of who used grants, leases, surveys, and titles to further their claims. However, the author points out, this copious property creation did not result in a coherent landscape, governed by authoritative states. Instead, she argues, participants used competing titles and overlapping grants to negotiate a spectrum of territorial claims. In many cases, the political, geographic, and economic ambiguities of property were seen as opportunities, rather than liabilities, by the diverse parties who claimed and occupied Missisquoi land.
Type
Master's Thesis
University
McGill University
Place
Montreal
Date
2013
Language
en
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Citation
Lewandoski, Julia. “Property and Ambiguity on Missisquoi Bay: 1760-1812.” Master’s Thesis, McGill University, 2013. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol2/QMM/TC-QMM-121527.pdf.
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