Too true, but there really were overlapping and conflicting claims, even amongst the 13 colonies, let alone the rest of British North America (remember that there weren't just 13 colonies -- it's just that you learn about those specifically because they're later what became the USA). But I seem to remember border disputes between New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Virginia, etc. And the Oregon Territory was a real mess of conflicting treaties and uncertainties.
Take Maine as an example. The reason it juts way up into Canada is that the treaty that set its boundaries has as a key element a measurement of what's the highest point in a certain area. Later surveys, after the border was fixed, showed that the border should have been way to the south (and I mean like about 100 kms), but you can't unscramble omelets. That's what made the border run right through the centre of some towns. There's one on the Quebec-Vermont border, iirc, where there's a pool hall/tavern right on the border, and they've painted a yellow line through the pub to show the border. It runs right across the pool table! ("8 ball in the American SW pocket...") "John W. Redelfs" wrote: > After much pondering, Marc A. Schindler favored us with: > >Hmm, I seem to recall from my 10th grade civics class that there was a > >stamp tax > >and a poll tax. The Quebec Act was only "intolerable" because it put a > >quick end > >to the fantasy that the rights of the Atlantic colonies extended forever > >westwards. > > Subsequent history has shown that it was not a fantasy. Might makes > right. --JWR > > ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// > /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// > /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// > ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// > -- Marc A. Schindler Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland “Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on” – Winston Churchill Note: This communication represents the informal personal views of the author solely; its contents do not necessarily reflect those of the author’s employer, nor those of any organization with which the author may be associated. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// /// ZION LIST CHARTER: Please read it at /// /// http://www.zionsbest.com/charter.html /// ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ==^^=============================================================== This email was sent to: email@example.com EASY UNSUBSCRIBE click here: http://topica.com/u/?aaP9AU.bWix1n.YXJjaGl2 Or send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] T O P I C A -- Register now to manage your mail! http://www.topica.com/partner/tag02/register ==^^===============================================================