Place:Connecticut Western Reserve, Ohio, United States

NameConnecticut Western Reserve
Coordinates41.238°N 80.814°W
Located inOhio, United States     (1800 - )
Also located inConnecticut, United States     (1662 - 1800)

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The Connecticut Western Reserve was a portion of land claimed by the Colony of Connecticut and later by the state of Connecticut in what is now mostly the northeastern region of Ohio. The Reserve had been granted to the Colony under the terms of its charter by King Charles II.

Connecticut relinquished claim to some of its western lands to the United States in 1786 following the American Revolutionary War and preceding the 1787 establishment of the Northwest Territory. Despite ceding sovereignty to the United States, Connecticut retained ownership of the eastern portion of its cession, south of Lake Erie. It sold much of this "Western Reserve" to a group of speculators who operated as the Connecticut Land Company; they sold it in portions for development by new settlers.[1] The phrase Western Reserve is preserved in numerous institutional names in Ohio, such as Western Reserve Academy, Case Western Reserve University, and Western Reserve Hospital.

Modern Ohio Counties Entirely Within the Western Reserve

Modern Ohio Counties Partly Within the Western Reserve

  • Ashland (just the northernmost row of townships: Ruggles, Troy, Sullivan)
  • Erie (all but the "finger" west following Sandusky Bay)
  • Mahoning (the northernmost two rows of townships)
  • Ottawa (Danbury Township and that part of Catawba Island Township east of the continuation north of the western border of Danbury Township)
  • Summit (all but the southernmost row of two townships: Franklin and Green)

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