I am in receipt of your letter of the fifth of this month inquiring as to the state of the title prior to the year 1803.
Please be advised that in the year 1803 the United States of America acquired the Territory of Louisiana from the Republic of France by purchase. The Republic of France previously acquired the title from the Spanish Crown by conquest. Spain acquired title by virtue of the discovery of one Christopher Columbus, a Genoese sailor who had been duly authorized to embark upon his voyage of discovery by Isabella, Queen of Spain. Before granting such authority, Isabella, a pious and cautious woman, obtained the sanction of His Holiness, the Pope. The Pope is the Vicar on earth of Jesus Christ, the only son and heir apparent of God.
God made Louisiana.I came across this in my reading for Property and thought it particularly appropriate, considering my weekend sojourn.