What does pre-emption mean?

Have you ever driven past Pre-Emption Road and wondered about the name of the road?  I was reading something on Wikipedia recently and came across some information about the Pre-Emption Line.  Here’s the scoop:  “The Preemption Line (also spelled Pre-Emption) divides the Indian lands of western New York State awarded to New York from those awarded to Commonwealth of Massachusetts by the Treaty of Hartford of 1786.”  How interesting is that?!  The pre-emption line is the green one on the map, below (which is also from the Wikipedia entry).   I’m not saying that Pre-Emption Road is the actual Pre-Emption Line….but then again, maybe it is….

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