THE LAW: Three Leagues Under the Sea?

One reason why Texas liked Ike in 1952 was that Candidate Eisenhower came out foursquare for giving the states title to the disputed "tidelands" -and Texas expected to pump a lot of revenue out of offshore oil. In a campaign speech in Houston that year, Ike even endorsed Texans' claim that their state really extends three marine leagues (10½ miles) out into the Gulf of Mexico, just as the Republic of Texas did before it joined the U.S. in 1845. Ike kept the campaign promise: in 1953 he signed a bill (similar to bills that Harry Truman had vetoed)...

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