there is final — any treaty or act of Congress to the contrary notwithstanding.
The fact that a treaty must be constitutional, as well as an act of Congress, seems to have been overlooked by those who refer to the treaty of cession as giving to Congress the right to govern the people of Porto Rico, who do not retain their Spanish allegiance, according to its pleasure.
Has the Queen Regent, with the island, decorated Congress with one of the jewels from the Spanish crown?
In Pollard vs. Hogan, 3 Howard, the court says:
It cannot be admitted that the King if Spain could by treaty, or otherwise, impart to the United States any of his royal prerogatives; and much less can it be admitted that they have capacity to receive or power to exercise them.
A treaty is a part of the supreme law of the land in the same sense that an act of Congress is, not in the same sense that the Constitution is. The Constitution of the United States cannot be abrogated or impaired by a treaty.
nd deed of conveyance to Charles Robertson executed......March 19, 1775
Watauga settlers march against advancing Cherokees, and disperse them in a battle near Long Island Fort......July 20, 1776
Cherokees under old Abraham attack the fort at Watauga, but are repulsed......July 21, 1776
Forces under Col. William Christian destroy the Cherokee towns in east Tennessee......1776
Washington county, including all of Tennessee, created by law of North Carolina......November, 1777
Richard Hogan, Spencer, Holliday, and others come from Kentucky and begin a plantation near Bledsoe's Lick......1778
Capt. James Robertson and others from Watauga cross the Cumberland Mountains, pitch their tents near French Lick, and plant a field of corn where Nashville now stands......1779
Eleven Chickamauga Indian towns destroyed by troops under Isaac Shelby, who left Big Creek, near the site of Rogersville......April 10, 1779
Jonesboro laid off and established as the seat of justice for