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The Land Ordinance Act of 1785 directed that "respectively qualified" surveyors divide the land into ...
Turn-of-the-century surveying team at work.

"... townships of 6 miles square, by lines running due north and south, and others crossing at right angles.... As soon as 7 ranges of townships and fractional parts of townships ... shall have been surveyed, the geographer shall transmit plats thereof to the board of treasury, who shall record the same, with the report in well-bound books to be kept for that purpose."

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