Measuring America: How the United States Was Shaped by the Greatest Land Sale in History

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Plume, Sep 30, 2003 - History - 310 pages
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In 1790, America was in enormous debt, having depleted what little money and supplies the country had during its victorious fight for independence. Before the nation's greatest asset, the land west of the Ohio River, could be sold it had to be measured out and mapped. And before that could be done, a uniform set of measurements had to be chosen for the new republic out of the morass of roughly 100,000 different units that were in use in daily life. Measuring Americatells the fascinating story of how we ultimately gained the American Customary System-the last traditional system in the world-and how one man's surveying chain indelibly imprinted its dimensions on the land, on cities, and on our culture from coast to coast.

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Review: Measuring America: How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy

User Review  - Tracey - Goodreads

This was a pass-along from my mom, I think; tho the subtitle is intriguing enough for me to have spent the $2.00 on it at Borders before they closed. However, the subtitle is a bit misleading ... Read full review

Review: Measuring America: How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy

User Review  - Alasdair Craig - Goodreads

A wonderful book, marvellously told, detailing from a surveyor's perspective the relentless westward expansion of the US states in the early years of America. Intertwined with this story is also the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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The Invention of Landed Property
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Simple Arithmetic
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Copyright

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