Legacy of a Land Grab
HISPANIC Magazine - September 1997 Issue
Arocha's genealogical and historical research, however, uncovered the fact that a man named Gillespie obtained the title to the land in 1888. "I can't go back and deal with land fraud that may have occurred 100 years ago. The statute of limitations has clearly run out. My efforts couldn't reverse that [fraud]," says Arocha, who now gives seminars on how to win the lottery. He theorizes that the odds are better for winning a jackpot than they are for resolving a land claim, given the muddled and dubious territorial history of the U.S. There may be a glimmer of hope that the treaty could finally be enforced.