Homesteading and Property Rights; Or, "How the West Was Really Won"

  title={Homesteading and Property Rights; Or, "How the West Was Really Won"},
  author={Douglas W. Allen},
  journal={The Journal of Law and Economics},
  pages={1 - 23}
  • D. Allen
  • Published 1 April 1991
  • History
  • The Journal of Law and Economics
of the United States various issues (1878-1900); and Thomas Donaldson, The Public Domain, Its History, with Statistics (Johnson Reprint Corp. 1884). restrictions on squatting. Moreover, throughout the first half of the nineteenth century the rights of squatters increased and, perhaps, culminated in 1862 with the right to settle on all unsurveyed land. If the state was interested in mitigating policing costs on the frontier, it seems inconsistent to allow squatters to forge ahead and settle on… 

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    The Journal of Law and Economics
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