Upon Louisiana's admission to the Union in 1812, the United States owned all land within the state, except that which was the subject of a valid grant by a prior sovereign. The United States, therefore, is the author of the vast majority of titles in Louisiana. Severance of land from the public domain of the United States occurred either by 1) reservations to the state, 2) direct grants by the United States to the state or 3) grants by the United States to the private sector. Irrespective of the method by which land is severed from the public domain of the United States, when waterbottoms appear on the severed tract, title issues can occur. In Part I of this presentation, we will identify and discuss some of the circumstances giving rise to these title issues.
Trowbridge, Newman Jr.
"Waterbottom Issues - I. Titles,"
Annual Institute on Mineral Law: Vol. 54
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.lsu.edu/mli_proceedings/vol54/iss1/6