Land measurements in Louisiana



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Artifacts of the pre-Eolithic age reveal that the people of this era had the custom of land reservation; however, many centuries passed before the Egyptian mathematician Euclid founded a scientific system of land measurement. Indian groups are known to have lived in the State of Louisiana since the year 3 B. C. The economic way of life of these groups was determined by the area in which they lived. Although these Indians were nomadic, their domains had definite natural boundaries which were known and respected by neighboring tribes. Thus, it becomes evident that the area which is geographically named Louisiana has a system of land measurement which began nearly two thousand years ago. With the coming of the settlers to Louisiana, mechanical methods of land computation were introduced. Since Louisiana was under the influence of several different language groups, the effect of their land measurement systems can be noted today. This is especially true in the areas where the French people predominate. Today the science of land measurement has became more important than ever before. The increase in population has caused the land area per person to decrease. Thus as land becomes scarce, its value increases. In enterprises such as the petroleum industry, the need of accurate and precise land measurement is paramount. This, more than any other factor, has caused an accelerated interest in land measurement systems in Louisiana. Since land is one of the factors of production, anything which affects land affects the economic structure of the area. In order to better understand the land measurement systems which have affected and do now affect the State of Louisiana, this thesis is respectively submitted.