CONQUEST, feudal law. This term was used by the feudists to signify
CONQUEST, international law. The acquisition of the sovereignty of a country
by force of arms, exercised by an independent power which reduces the
vanquished to the submission of its empire.
2. It is a general rule, that where conquered countries have laws of
their own, these laws remain in force after the conquest, until they are
abrogated, unless they are contrary to our religion, or enact any malum in
se. In all such cases the laws of the conquering country prevail; for it is
not to be presumed that laws opposed to religion or sound morals could be
sanctioned. 1 Story, Const. Sec. 150, and the cases there cited.
3. The conquest and military occupation of a part of the territory of
the United States by a public enemy, renders such conquered territory,
during such occupation, a foreign country with respect to the revenue laws
of the United States. 4 Wheat. R. 246; 2 Gallis. R. 486. The people of a
conquered territory change their allegiance, but, by the modern practice,
their relations to each other, and their rights of property, remain the
same. 7 Pet. R. 86.
4. Conquest does not, per se, give the conqueror plenum dominium et
utile, but a temporary right of possession and government. 2 Gallis. R. 486;
3 Wash. C. C. R. 101. See 8 Wheat. R. 591; 2 Bay, R. 229; 2 Dall. R. 1; 12
5. The right which the English government claimed over the territory
now composing the United States, was not founded on conquest, but discovery.
Id. Sec. 152, et seq.
, Pyrrhic victory
, easy victory
, grand slam
, landslide victory
, moral victory
, runaway victory
, sweet patootie
, taking over
, total victory
, winning streak