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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Journey into Indian Country

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-sidence, is in the middle of a good spot
of Land, in Pennsylvania

on the West
side of the Allegeny River, about five
miles South of the New York line, the said
Tract is Cornplanters own privet pro-
-perty containing, including two Islands,
near 800 acres Acres, on this Tract most and near
it, most of the Indians under his superin-
-tendency lives, which, with the goodness
of this Land, being a fine fertile soil,
was a weighty consideration of making
this the place of settlement, there are
also a large number of Children here
fit for schooling, so that with much con-
-veniency a large school might be
made up, but to ballance these advan-
-tages, we considered the Land was pri-
-vet property, and if we made improv-
-ments , such as building a house and
Barn, and Cleared land, when we left
it they would all belong to Cornplan-
, and not to the nation; also if the
Indians where to clear land and fence
lots, they would not belong to the Nati-
-on. this consideration made us believe
it would be best to look elsewhere. –
The Nation owns 42 Square miles on this