History shows us that land will continue to increase in value, if it is held long enough. As our population expands the demand for land should also continue. Throughout history the most elite have always owned land. By purchasing previously offered Government Land for sale buyers can own a piece of American history.
Government Land for sale originally became available in the late 1700s. At that time the United States government had acquired vast amounts of unsettled and unmapped lands from the original 13 colonies, treaties, etc. These lands today make up approximately 30 of our western and southern states. Problems that led the United States to put up Government Land for sale were:
- The government needed monies to pay for the expenses of the American Revolutionary War.
- Under the Articles of Confederation the government was almost prohibited from taxing its citizen's.
- The government wanted the unsettled territories to become populated and eventually become individual states.
In order to sell the Government Land, a survey system and a way to show legal ownership needed to be put in place. It was felt that once a survey system was established and completed, the Government Land for sale could be offered to companies and citizens and would ultimately provide a revenue stream and begin settling areas previously unsettled.
Ordinance of 1784
Thomas Jefferson is created with developing the first mathematical / rectangular survey system. The Ordinance of 1784 called for Congress to divide the land west of the Appalachian Mountains, north of the Ohio River and East of the Mississippi into 10 States using a rectangular or rectilinear system. However, Jefferson's ordinance did not define how the land would be governed, settled or become States.
Land Ordinance of 1785
This ordinance addressed the issues that the Ordinance of 1784 did not. The Ordinance of 1785 provided a mechanism for selling and settling the Government Land for sale - the Public Land Survey System (PLSS). The PLSS utilized the same basic mathematical / rectangular system established by Jefferson in the Ordinance of 1784. The initial point of beginning for this newly established survey was where the Ohio River and the Western Pennsylvania state line intersect and later became know as the 7 Ranges in Eastern Ohio. The initial PLSS was revised slightly after the initial "7 Ranges" survey to address problems that were encountered. The revised PLSS became the standard for government surveys and later carried into the private land surveys.
Public Land Survey System (PLSS)
The revised PLSS called for establishing a Base line which is an east - west latitude line that divides townships between north and south. The Base line acts as a point of beginning for surveys where a principal meridian line, which is a north - south longitude line, intersects with the Base line. There are 37 established principal meridians in the United States.
Once the point of beginning was established, the PLSS called for a survey that established a "Township": A township is defined as a six square mile area. Once the Township was surveyed , it was then resurveyed into 36 one mile squares called "Sections": Each Section contains 640 Acres (Note: Not every section contains an exact 640 acres, due to curvature of the earth and other factors. Each Township is identified by a Township and Range designation, with Townships being North or South of the Baseline and Ranges being east or west of the Principal Meridian.
Now that the PLSS was established, markers could be set to establish the corners and various boundaries of properties thereby providing a means to create legal descriptions of the properties. With all of this in place, buyers had access to descriptive, legal recorded titles for Government Land for sale. Congress hoped to entice companies to purchase large tracts of the surveyed lands and then further subdivide them into smaller acreage or lots to be resold to the general public. Once accomplished, the government would reach its goals to; get the much needed revenues from the sale of properties and the previously unsettled areas would begin to get populated and settled. The large tracts of land were initially to be offered at $1.00 per acre with financing available from the government. At www.acreage4less.com we don't have property available for $1.00 per acre today, but we do have what was once government property available in Wyoming and Nevada. It is priced from just $199.00 PER ACRE. We also offered NO qualifying - easy owner financing on most of our properties.