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Pre-emption

Colonial land grants along Louisiana's major streams customarily extended forty arpents in depth. Landowners filing claims for a title with the American Claims Commission after the Louisiana Purchase were given the right of first refusal for the lands located immediately behind their riverfront properties and extending an additional forty arpents into the swamps. Many landowners took advantage of this offer to buy government lands because of the valuable timber these properties contained.


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