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The Patenting of California's Private Land Claims, 1851-1885
Vol. 69, No. 4 (Oct., 1979), pp. 434-448
Published by: American Geographical Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/214806
Page Count: 15
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The acquisition of California by the United States in 1848 brought with it the difficult problem of landownership stemming primarily from the attempt to merge two disparate land-tenure systems. By proclamation and by treaty the United States pledged to recognize all valid titles to land and had to devise a system to merge acquired lands into its land-tenure system. American settlers were technically, economically, and numerically the dominant group, but they were not entirely free to impose all of their cultural institutions on the California landscape until the question of landownership was resolved. The solution adopted was concerned almost entirely with the resolution of the legal technicalities of title, ownership, and location of boundaries rather than with the real problem of differences in resource interpretation.
Geographical Review © 1979 American Geographical Society