‘Metes and Bounds: A Revisionist History’

Maureen E Brady, The Forgotten History of Metes and Bounds, 128 Yale Law Journal (forthcoming, 2019), available at SSRN. A decade and a half ago, as a neophyte property teacher, I read Andro Linklater’s history of the surveying and distribution of land west of the Appalachian Mountains. The central animating principle in the book – Measuring America: How the United States was Shaped by the Greatest Land Sale in History (2002) – was simple, and seemingly self-evident: When it comes to surveying and selling land, straight lines are better than squiggly one … (more)

[Nicole Stelle Garnett, JOTWELL, 11 September]

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