At the end of the French and Indian War, returning soldiers spread the word about the empty wilderness. Land-starved New Englanders flocked to the new frontier even before the peace treaty was signed in 1763. These new pioneers were undeterred by questionable land titles arising from border disputes between New York and New Hampshire.
Both colonies claimed the territory between the Connecticut and Hudson Rivers.
Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire issued grants to the contested lands
as early as the late 1740s over the protests of New York. Proprietors who obtained
the New Hampshire grants began to sell them. As greater numbers of settlers started
moving to the area in the early 1760s, conflicts were inevitable.
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