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Public-Land Surveys

  • Roy Minnick

Abstract

The public-land survey system covers all of the continental United States except the original thirteen colonies, Texas, and Hawaii. It is a system begun by federal law in 1785, and was largely put in place by 1805. Most changes since that time have been refinements to the system, rather than major revisions. The system established the concept of surveying and marking the land prior to the government’s selling the land to its citizens. Though a novel concept in the world of 1785, it was successful in encouraging rapid settlement of the continent by placing most land in private ownership.

Keywords

Field Note Public Land Section Line Original Survey Angle Point 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1987

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  • Roy Minnick

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