Wyoming, or, Connecticut's East India Co. Two lectures delivered before the Fairfield County Historical Society, Bridgeport, Conn., March 10, 1893--April 21, 1893, by Henry T. Blake

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These lectures discuss the history of the Wyoming Valley, an industrialized region of northeastern Pennsylvania once famous for fueling the industrial revolution in the United States with its many anthracite coal mines. Land claims to the valley were the source of a dispute between settlers from Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The valley was included in grants by Charles II to both Connecticut and William Penn in the late 17th century. In 1771, Connecticut's claim was confirmed by King George III. At the end of the American Revolution, conflicts between the two claimants continued, and in 1782, the Continental Congress overturned the king's ruling and upheld Pennsylvania's claim to the area. As such, it remains the only interstate dispute settled by Congress under the Articles of Confederation. But when the state sought to force the Yankees from the land, another Pennamite war ensued, with Connecticut and Vermont sending men to help the settlers. Umbrage remained until the Pennsylvania Legislature confirmed the various land titles in 1788. The controversy ended in 1799, with the Wyoming Valley becoming part of Pennsylvania and the Yankee settlers becoming Pennsylvanians with legal claims to their land.

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HENRY TAYLOR BLAKE, 1828-1922
Henry Taylor Blake (1828-1922)was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale in 1848 (A.B.) and studied at the Yale Law School. He practiced law in Bridgeport from 1850-1885. He returned to New Haven in 1885 and served on many municipal organizations. He was a frequent contributor to periodical literature and lecturer on Connecicut political subjects He was secretary of the New Haven Colony Historical Society. 
 The Blake family papers are at the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University.
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1897

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Blake, Henry T. (Henry Taylor), 1828-1922. “Wyoming, or, Connecticut's East India Co. Two lectures delivered before the Fairfield County Historical Society, Bridgeport, Conn., March 10, 1893--April 21, 1893, by Henry T. Blake.” Rare Books. WCSU Archives, 26 Jan. 2017. Accessed on the Web: 17 June 2019.

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