History of Legislation

History of Legislation for the Protection of the Bison. 1816-John Jacob Astor persuaded congress to act on the subject at once. A law was passed, and approved by the president on April 29, 1816, forbidding American authorities to issue licenses to foreigners to trade with the Indians within the territorial limits of the United States, “unless by express direction of the president . . . and upon such terms and conditions as the public interests may, in his opinion, require.”  Any foreigner caught in the Indian country without a passport was to be fined not less than fifty dollars nor … Read more