United States General Land Office (Theodore Franks, Draftsman) Map of the United States and Territories. 1866
United States General Land Office (Theodore Franks, Draftsman)
Map of the United States and Territories
Engraved map with original hand outline color
Washington, D.C.: General Land Office, Department of the Interior, 1866
30 x 55 1/2 inches sheet; 34 x 60 inches framed.
The Federal Government’s survey and township system expanded through much of the west, to the benefit of veterans, land speculators and settlers. The government’s express policy of purchasing lands from the Native Americans to extinguish their claims is also reflected in the reduced territory allocated to the remaining tribes. Texas did not participate in the township system, since it already had its own organizing system based on Spanish land grants.