Pacific Region

Land Ownership in California and the Transition to a New Government

Extract of Treaty and Table of Land Measures

When the U.S. took over ownership of California, Los Angeles land office staff had to determine which parcels of land were being claimed as land grants and which parcels were open to the public for homesteads or cash purchases.  The staff of the land office needed to understand the system of land measurement used under Mexico and therefore created this extract in order to assist themselves in determining which lands were open to settlement.

Extract of Treaty, used by the Los Angeles General Land Office to convert Mexican land measurements into the U.S. system.

Table of Land Measures, used by the Los Angeles General Land Office to convert Mexican land measurements into the U.S. system

Citation: Record Group 49, Records of the Bureau of Land Management, Los Angeles Land Office.  Letters Received, 1853-1919. Box 2. Folder "Correspondence -- 1853." Held by the National Archives & Records Administration -- Pacific Region (Riverside).

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