"You had been in Possession of the Province of Maryland above One Hundred Years; but what is One Hundred Years in Comparison to the Length of Time since our Claim began? since we came out of this Ground? For we must tell you, that long before One Hundred Years our Ancestors came out of this very Ground, and their Children have remained here ever since. You came out of the Ground in a Country that lies beyond the Seas, there you may have a just Claim, but here you must allow us to be your elder Brethren, and the Lands to belong to us long before you knew any thing of them."
–Canassatego, spokesperson of the Six Iroquois Nations in the Lancaster Treaty of 1744