Recorded property rights.
Tenants in common: Spain, France, England, Russia. Law of Nations.
France buys out Spain (mostly).
France forces Spain retrocde [ex Post Facto] giving up remaining property rights to Mississippi River territory, drainage & delta swamp... http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/louisiana-purchase
United States buys out France. Minor squabbles with Spain & France are settled... Napoleon Bonaparte squanders money on imperialistic adventures in Europe.
United States buys out Mexico...
United Sates buys out Spain (1898).
United States buys out Russia.
Clouded titles may exist, but are not formally acknowledged on deeds of record at the time of this unbelievably brief summary.
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Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul ☑
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