Picking up on a familiar theme, William Hogeland argues that today's illegal immigrants are in good historical company. George Washington himself snatched land west of the Appalachians the King had declared off-limits.
And Washington was a model of decorum compared with Ethan Allen, a rowdy from Connecticut who settled with his brothers in a part of the Green Mountains known as the Hampshire Grants (later known as "Vermont"). The province of New York held title to the land, but Allen asserted his own kind of claim: He threw New Yorkers out, Tony Soprano style, then offered to sell their lots to what he hoped would be a flood of fellow illegals from Connecticut. [Link]