Oversize folio of approximately 150 hand-drawn maps of Mexican land claims in California.
When the United States took possession of California and other Mexican lands in 1848, it was bound by the Treaty of Guadalupe
Hidalgo to honor the legitimate land claims of Mexican citizens residing in those captured territories. In order to investigate
and confirm titles in California, American officials acquired the provincial records of the Spanish and Mexican governments
in Monterey. Those records, most of which were transferred to the U. S. Surveyor General's Office in San Francisco, included
land deeds, sketch-maps (diseños), and various other documents. The Land Act of 1851 established a Board of Land Commissioners
to review these records and adjudicate claims, and charged the Surveyor General with surveying confirmed land grants.
86 leaves : paper ; 38 × 56 cm.
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