Leake County History
Volume 1 1789-1809
First Settlers of the Mississippi Territory
Grants taken from the American State Papers Class VIII
There were three methods by which settlers came into this vast area that was to become the Mississippi Territory. The earliest was by means of ocean going vessels which brought French and Spanish settlers to the coast where the first towns were located. Second was by rivers. The third way was to come along Indian trails.
Title to land in the Mississippi Territory could be confirmed either by residence or by settlement or by purchase.
In 1804 an Act of Congress provided that residence in the Territory on 27 Oct 1795 entitled the settler to confirmation of:
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