U.S. Supreme Court
Mackey v. United States, 35 U.S. 10 Pet. 340 340 (1836)
Mackey v. United States
35 U.S. (10 Pet.) 340
A grant of land in Missouri made by the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Louisiana before the treaty of 1303 affirmed.
In repeated decisions, the Supreme Court has affirmed the authority of local governors, under the Crown of Spain, to grant land in Louisiana before the same was ceded by Spain to France, and the Court has also affirmed the validity of descriptive grants, though not surveyed before 11 March, 1804, in Missouri and 24 January, 1818, in Florida.
The case is stated in the opinion of the Court.