In 1783, immediately following the Revolutionary War, thousands of American pioneers began to settle in the Trans-Appalachian West. Between 1783 and 1787, the Confederation Congress passed numerous laws to govern certain activities. This study of the creation of the first American western policy forms a microcosm through which to view the ongoing course of the American Revolution.
Michael Allen is Professor of History at the University of Washington, Tacoma.
List of Charts, Illustrations, and Maps; Preface by Dwight Smith and Ray Swick; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Beyond the Endless Mountains; 2. Creation of the National Domain: The Virginia Cessation and the Ordinance of 1784; 3. Indian Policy; 4. Land Policy and Sales; 5. The Jay-Gardoqui Negotiations and Mississippi River Debate; 6. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787; 7. The Reluctant Expansionists; Epilog: The Federalists and the West, 1789-1803; Bibliography; Index.