Rules of Engagement for Statehood

Immediately, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia claimed all the land from the Atlantic to the Mississippi. Connecticut claimed a sliver of land west of Pennsylvania. There was still some disputed land on the border of the U.S. and Canada and the southern border of Georgia north of western Florida, which would be resolved over time.

Members of the Continental Congress saw the lines drawn on a map as blatant land grabs by the individual states. So, what could the Continental Congress do?

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