Talk:Land grant

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Colonial America[edit]

The article previous referred only to the Virginia Colony which is misleading. Other colonies, such as Maryland also granded patents. Here is an example: Baltz, Shirley Vlasak (1984). A Chronicle of Belair. Bowie, Maryland: Bowie Heritage Committee. pp. pages 1–6. LCCN 85165028.  Toddstreat1 15:21, 27 September 2007 (UTC)


Moving irrelevant info on planting and seating (which has nothing to do with land grants) to talk.

Please note that planting and seating in an English garden also means a particular type of landscaping used in formal gardens and streetscape parks. [1]

Toddstreat1 15:21, 27 September 2007 (UTC)

Depreciation land grants and miscellaneous[edit]

American Revolutionary War veterans were given depreciation land grants in lieu of cash payments because the currency was fluctuating so badly under the Articles of Confederation. I've seen them discussed in context of land speculation in western Pennsylvania after the war, but I don't know if they have a wider application. The two hits on Google for the term both involve grants in western PA. It would be nice to include a discussion of this in this article. Maybe a revolutionary war buff has the story?

I recommend removing the geographic subsections to this article and instead having a history section broken down into chronological epochs, like Roman era, European era, etc. The European era would look at the Dutch, Germans, Spanish, Portuguese, Italians, and British for planting and colonization activities. The article already mentions Spanish land grants issued in Florida. My wife's ancestors received land grants from Britain in what would later become Pasquotank County, North Carolina. You might also look for land grants from the British issued to planters in Ireland, Africa, and Asia.

There could be a definitional section, too. It would provide more details on the issuance of land grants. For example, land grants were issued to nobles, but also to ship's captains. I've read about sea captains receiving a particular amount of land per voyage across the Atlantic. Some discussion of how people earned these grants and what rights they granted their bearers might be a useful addition.

Someone with a grip on world history and culture beyond western Europe might know something of land grants by other governments seeking to plant territories. Maybe in ancient China or India, for example? I must admit I know little of that area. --Pat (talk) 18:30, 26 April 2008 (UTC)


Brazil / Portuguese new world grants should also be added.

"grants along the coast of 20 to 50 square miles of land were common" in colonial Brazil in the 1600s.

source: A History of Brazil By E. Bradford Burns, p26 Columbia University Press, 1993 (talk) 15:26, 20 August 2008 (UTC)


I don't have time to work on this article but this page and also here document land grants in the Bahama Islands from 1787 to 1858. I believe the practice continues today but we'd need sources for that. --Marc Kupper|talk 23:07, 16 September 2012 (UTC)

  1. ^ See, e.g., CABE case studies of Urban design, City of London urban design web pages, andCross River Partnership web site