James Madison

 

Laws of the United States

 

Prepared

 

for the

 

New Territory of Mississippi

December 6, 1804

 

 


The Old Mississippi Territory was organized in 1798 from land that had been disputed by the U.S. and Spain until Spain ceded its claim with the Treaty of Madrid initially signed between the two countries representatives in 1795. This area extended from 31° North latitude to 32°28' North, or approximately the southern 1/3 portions of the present states of Alabama and Mississippi.

 

The New Mississippi Territory was created in 1804 when the northern portions of the present states of Alabama and Mississippi, from 32°28' North to 35° North latitude was added.

 

Once created, The New Mississippi Territory was provided with the up-to-date Laws of the United States, the present document.