Talk:Phelps and Gorham Purchase

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Personal note[edit]

Among the first settlers of this area was my ancestor, John Burnett who moved to the area with his brother-in-law Lodewick Vandermark, his brother Patrick Burnett and a friend who fought with him in the Revolutionary War, Charles Hamilton. If anyone has any information on these gentlemen, please contact me. I am doing research to write a book. 68.48.233.151 00:43, 17 December 2006 (UTC)Phyllis Esler at ps.esler@comcast.net

Merger Proposal[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

The four related articles (Holland Purchase | Morris Reserve | The Mill Yard Tract | The Triangle Tract) are each small articles that contain much of the same information found in this article, and it's unlikely anything substantial will be added to them. Combined with this existing article, the four articles will comprise a substantive description of the purchase. AltSkitMan (talk) 23:40, 29 December 2012 (UTC) ----

The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.


Conversion error?[edit]

From the article:

For this preemptive right, they paid Massachusetts $1,000,000 (£300,000) (equivalent to about ${{formatnum:{{inflation|US|1|1888|r=1}}}} billion today) or 16 and 2/3 cents an acre ($41.18/km²).
which translates to "For this preemptive right, they paid Massachusetts $1,000,000 (£300,000) (equivalent to about $26.2 billion today) or 16 and 2/3 cents an acre ($41.18/km²)."

I think something is off with this template. It translates to $26 billion(US), I think $26 million(US) would be more like it. GenQuest "Talk to Me" 15:29, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

Use term "Iroquois" or nation names[edit]

In New York, the state and federal government were dealing with identified peoples - the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy: Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga and Seneca, joined by the Tuscarora in 1722. These were well known; let's at least use Iroquois, or the specific nation names, such as Mohawk, Cayuga, etc. when referring to transactions related to them, rather than the generic "Native American." All the colonists knew of their claims to the lands in this region. In addition, I recommend that the article at least briefly point to issues related to 20th century land claims by these peoples, as New York state did not have the authority to treaty with them and did not get Senate ratification for some of the land deals.Parkwells (talk) 16:28, 25 April 2014 (UTC)