Indian Stream


In 1832, a border area between Canadian Vermont and New Hampshire was claimed by both British Canada and the United States.

Even though the United States had secured its independence from Britain through the Treaty of Paris in 1783, the borders were often defined vaguely or based on inaccurate maps.

The treaty established that the border between New Hampshire and Canada would be “the northwesternmost Head of the Connecticut River.” Unfortunately, no-one agreed on which body of water precisely that should be. It was in this geographic confusion that the short-lived nation of the Indian Stream Republic was born.

“I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow, than a man swear he loves me.” ― William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

In 1832, local settlers converted the disputed lands between Hall’s Stream, Indian Stream and the lakes of the Connecticut River into an independent republic known as Indian Stream. It existed briefly from July 9, 1832 to 1835 when it voluntarily yielded to New Hampshire. American jurisdiction was fully acknowledged in 1836.

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3 thoughts on “Indian Stream

  1. I’ll be willing to bet that no one asked the native Americans who owned the land. ‘Indian’ stream indeed. Falling all over each other to see who is going to claim land that didn’t belong to us in the first place. Ah but if the claim is backed by a threat of genocide, carried out even, it’s fair game. Sounds like ot israel declaring ethnic cleansing on the inhabitants of caanan on ‘gods’ say so.

  2. quote: “Sounds like ot israel declaring ethnic cleansing on the inhabitants of caanan on ‘gods’ say so.” Yes, and continuing to this day…

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