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Headright Grants and Surveying in Northeastern Georgia

Sam Bowers Hilliard
Geographical Review
Vol. 72, No. 4 (Oct., 1982), pp. 416-429
DOI: 10.2307/214594
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/214594
Page Count: 14
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Headright Grants and Surveying in Northeastern Georgia
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Abstract

The system of headright grants was the principal means for the transfer of land in northeastern Georgia from state to private ownership. Plots of various sizes and shapes were surveyed by metes and bounds. Early settlers selected compactly shaped tracts usually of several hundred acres on land that was judged most valuable. Latecomers had to accept small plots with distorted shapes because there was little unclaimed land. Politics in Georgia during the late 1770s and early 1800s permitted the approval of thousands of fraudulent claims, although there is little evidence that they resulted in actual settlement.

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