land grant


Definition of land grant 

: a grant of land made by the government especially for roads, railroads, or agricultural colleges

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Now, the 61-year-old mother of three is perched on a platform 32 feet in the air between two oak trees, trying to stop a natural gas pipeline from coming through land granted to her husband’s family by the king of England in Colonial times. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "Perched on a platform high in a tree, a 61-year-old woman fights a gas pipeline," 21 Apr. 2018 The property was part of Trinity’s real estate portfolio dating back to a land grant given by Queen Anne to the church in 1705. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Disney Pays $650 Million to Develop New Campus in Lower Manhattan," 9 July 2018 The area is home to Machias Seal Island and represents one of the last remaining border disputes between the U.S. and Canada, thanks to competing stipulations laid out by treaties and land grants. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Canadian Fisherman Say U.S. Border Patrol Is ‘Harassing’ Their Boats in Disputed Waters Off Maine," 5 July 2018 Should Congress enlarge the land grants for grazing, then baronial estates would soon crowd the plains, an aristocratic few owning lands sufficient for a European principality and crowding out the small farmer upon which the nation depended. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Read more about the attack on King here on The Tierra Amarilla Courthouse Is Raided (June 5, 1967) The road sign marking Tierra Amarilla, N.M., has been changed to read Tierra O Muerte, land or death, in the continuing land grant struggle. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 June 2018 History: The 9,000-acre Mexican Rancho Jamul land grant of 1829, like many others, was bogged down in disputed land claims that weren’t resolved until 1891. Roger Showley,, "Jamul-Rancho San Diego: Historic rancho served as seashell trading post, hosts new casino," 22 June 2018 Charles II did issue a very important land grant involving what became North Carolina, but that was in 1663. Scott Fowler, charlotteobserver, "Review: Hall & Oates and Train mostly soar. But about that bit of self-indulgence...," 19 June 2018 Once part of a Spanish land grant, the property has belonged to ranchers and dairy families over the years, and became a state park in 2003. Jill K. Robinson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Top 10 California parks: Little known wonders," 9 May 2018

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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