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Dividing the Land : Early American Beginnings of Our Private Property Mosaic - Edward T. Price

Dividing the Land

Early American Beginnings of Our Private Property Mosaic

Paperback Published: 1st January 1995
ISBN: 9780226680651
Number Of Pages: 432

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Many property lines drawn in early America still survive today and continue to shape the landscape and character of the United States. Surprisingly, though, no one until now has thoroughly examined the process by which land was divided into private property and distributed to settlers from the beginning of colonization to early nationhood.
In this unprecedented study, Edward T. Price covers most areas of the United States in which the initial division of land was controlled by colonial governments--the original thirteen colonies, and Maine, Vermont, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Texas. By examining different land policies and the irregular pattern of property that resulted from them, Price chronicles the many ways colonies managed land to promote settlement, develop agriculture, defend frontiers, and attract investment. His analysis reveals as much about land planning techiniques carried to America from Europe as innovations spurred by the unique circumstances of the new world.
Price's analysis draws on his thorough survey of property records from the first land plans in Virginia in 1607 to "empresario" grants in Texas in the 1820s. This breadth of data allows him to identify regional differences in allocating land, assess the impact of land planning by historical figures like William Penn of Pennsylvania and Lord Baltimore of Maryland, and trace changes in patterns of land division and ownership through transfers of power among Britain, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Mexico, and the Republic of Texas.

List of Figures List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Framework of the Land
The New England Region: Dividing Land by Townships
Beginnings: Communal Land Division
Diffusion of Townships
Tradition Recedes: Commercially Founded Towns
The South Atlantic Region: Land Division by Individual Choice
Colonial Beginnings
Control and Disposition of Land
Seventeenth-Century Land Division
Eighteenth-Century Colonial Land Division
Farms and Plantations in the Colonial South
The National Period IV: The Middle Atlantic Region
New York: The Dutch Period, 1624-64
New York's English and American Periods: Lordly Estates and Land Developers' Tracts
Land Division in New Jersey, and on the West Bank of the Delaware River up to 1682
Pennsylvania and Delaware: The Penn Proprietorship V: Louisiana Texas: Land
Louisiana Land Division Patterns
The Many Templates of Texas Land Division
Perspective
Summary, Conclusion, Aftermath
Surveying and Property Boundaries
Land Grant Maps
Size Distribution Samples of Land Grants and Holdings from Selected Lists
Geometric Analysis of Sample Properties
Glossary
Table of Measures
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780226680651
ISBN-10: 0226680657
Series: University of Chicago Geography Research Papers S.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st January 1995
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.5 x 15.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 2