Originally posted by Eladar Was the region already states?
You seem to believe that territorie remain territories even after statehood.
No, I don't.
You don't seem to understand that the admission of a State doesn't change the ownership of the land within absent the owners either selling it or giving it away.
And your claim that the Federal government can't own land except for the limited purposes spelled out in Article I would make the Louisiana Purchase and all other land expansions done by the US since 1787 unconstitutional. This is preposterous as well as directly contrary to the Article IV provision.
Originally posted by Eladar According to the Constitution they are supposed to buy the land or have it seceded to the Federal government.
Perhaps that was just for Washington DC, which is too large according to the Constitution.
Nope, just checked. The Federal government is supposed to buy all state land it uses or have the state give the land to the Federal government.
The Constitution doesn't say any such thing, so you must have checked your own a**.
The land made into National Parks was owned by the Feds prior to the Statehood of the particular States where the Parks are located. As I have pointed out, a change in status from "territory" to "State" does not affect the ownership of the land within that area no matter who owns it. That you adhere to the erroneous idea that a government entity "owns" something merely because it can tax it (by that logic, no person "owns" anything) is a problem within the confines of your skull but not a Constitutional one.
Originally posted by Eladar http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/tocs/a1_8_17.html
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of Particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by ...[text shortened]... for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;--