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Where in San Francisco did the Land Commission meet?

After taking California, the U.S. needed a way to sort through land claims and established a Public Land Commission. This operated from 1852 to 1856, principally in San Francisco but also briefly in ...
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Has there ever been a case where a tribe/nation tried to reclaim the land they had left before? [closed]

A tribe or a nation (say tribe A) leaves their land for whatever reason (poor soil, threatening neighbours). Another tribe or nation (possibly with the members of the original tribe who were left ...
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How area of a country used to be calculated?

Before satellites and other modern techniques, how the area of countries/territories/regions used to be calculated? I can understand that plotting boundaries is an easier task, even without the ...
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What are some cases where a country bought land from another country, other than the United States?

Most of the examples have to do with the United States, like Alaska, the Louisiana Purchase, etc. What are some purchases of land in history that involved other countries?
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Name an Act still in use in Pakistan today from the Colonial Era

Can you please name a legislative Act or Bill that has been passed, in a decolonized country, preferably Pakistan, left over from the colonial era that are still in use today? Also preferably related ...
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Are a fief and a vassal state the same thing?

Definition of a fief: An estate of land, especially one held on condition of feudal service; a fee. Definition of a vassal state: A vassal state is any state that is subordinate to another. The ...
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What happened to all the undivided shares of California ranchos?

The Mexican province of Alta California granted cattle ranches to many prominent citizens. The properties were huge, so surveying was very expensive and often vague. These ranches dissipated into ...
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Quitclaim deeds sold by Californio ranchers

When California became a U.S. state, Californio ranchers' land holdings were under legal, financial, and physical attack. Their Land Commission claims were held up for years in the appeals process, ...
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Spanish colonial cattle ranching cultures

Many Iberian colonists in the viceroyalties of New Spain (Mexico) and La Plata (Argentina) practiced cattle ranching. Both sides practiced branding and rode horses to control their herds. Many of the ...
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Which lame moor was the namesake of Rancho Moro Cojo?

Governors of Mexican Alta California granted ranches to well-connected petitioners. One such piece of land near Elkhorn Slough was called Rancho Moro Cojo (Lame Moor Ranch), granted in 1825 by ...
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What did Dr. Peter Smith do with his windfall?

Dr. Peter Smith cared for the indigent in 1850 San Francisco, and the city paid him in interest-bearing scrip. Soon he was owed $64,000 and the city was forced to make repeated sales of real property ...
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Imposition of property taxes in California

After California became a U.S. state in 1850, land taxation was one of the factors that bankrupted the Californio ranchers. Apparently, it had not existed in the native, Spanish, nor Mexican periods. ...
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California land cases to the US Supreme Court

After the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, in the early 1850s, the U.S. Congress created a land commission to review claims of land ownership predating California's accession. Hundreds of claims were ...
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Origin of San Francisco's water lots off Candlestick Point

There are about fifty blocks full of surveyed and zoned "water lots" in southeastern San Francisco -- property which is presently part of the San Francisco Bay. See these blocks on Zillow; 5000 square ...
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What is the impact of 18th to 19th century colonialism on the live of the common people of the colonial empires

This topic suddenly came to me when I was doing my homework. I went online to search but most of the articles only talked about the impacts on the country or place that was being colonized. According ...
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Were any Californios able to hold on to their ranchos?

Despite the clarity of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo on this topic, Mexican land grants in Alta California were subject to drawn-out legal battles in the American period. Most Californios lost their ...