Asked • 05/01/19

Does all private land in the US trace its origin to a US government patent?

I just wonder if all private land in the US traces its origin to a patent, or if the patents were established on property people already owned on the frontier as the governed area expanded, so the government could say they granted it. I don't think there was any mass eviction once local governments were established so I'm inclined to think the latter.

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