A Beautiful Glittering Lie
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What does 'territory' mean?

Find out what territory means. Territory is explained by J D R Hawkins - author of A Beautiful Glittering Lie


Land within the mainland boundaries of the country that had not yet become states. In 1861, when the Civil War broke out, there were areas in the western regions known as Utah Territory (Utah), Colorado Territory (Colorado), Nevada Territory (Nevada), Washington Territory (Washington and Idaho), Dakota Territory (Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and northern Wyoming), Nebraska Territory (southern Wyoming and Nebraska), and New Mexico Territory (Arizona and New Mexico), and Indian Territory, which was most of Oklahoma. In my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, the term "territory" is used as follows:

(Page 6)
“Any people, anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people, that can, may revolutionize, and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit.”
—Abraham Lincoln, January 12, 1848

(Page 67
Inexplicably, Union forces backed off, so the Rebels were able to continue on unmolested until they reached the outskirts of Richmond. They camped there for three weeks. During that time, the men managed to obtain news that on May 15, the CSS Alabama had been launched from England, and five days later, the Homestead Act was signed into law. Before the war, Southern states had opposed the act because of its anti-slavery sentiment, but now there were no Southern states represented in Congress to contest it. The act allowed settlers to occupy, improve, and farm 160-acre parcels of land in the Western territories for five years, but without the use of slaves. If, after that time, the farmers were successful in establishing a farmstead, the land was theirs to keep.

(Page 69)
“Sure could go for a cup of coffee with this,” David remarked while he munched on a sandwich. Changing the subject, he said, “I heard at Ben Johnson’s that the Yankee Congress banned slavery in the Western territories. The slave owners ain’t gettin’ paid, either. They have to give up their slaves, and the government won’t compensate them.”

(Page 91)
“Pa says next spring he’s fixin’ for us to go out west through Kansas, and he reckons we’ll be in Colorado territory come early summer.”

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Chapter 8: Chapter Eight
"...Although Mitchel was gone, his family, who had arrived on July 12, remained in Huntsville. According to Billy Ryan, they could be seen riding around town in their carriage as though flaunting their presence in enemy territory. On one occasion, they cut off the funeral procession of a murdered Confederate picket. The Mitchels were disliked from the start, because they helped themselves to anyone’s property that they so desired. The citizens couldn’t be rid of them soon enough, but it took several weeks for them to ..."

Chapter 9: Chapter Nine
"... for the very first time!” “That’s splendid!” Callie exclaimed. “Pa says next spring he’s fixin’ for us to go out west through Kansas, and he reckons we’ll be in Colorado territory come early summer.” “Y’all are headed out to Colorado?” David repeated. “Yessir. Pa ..."

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