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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Thanks to an 1837 Mexican land grant, his family once owned about 9,000 acres of land in Santa Maria — land that now houses some of the area’s most hallowed vineyards, like Bien Nacido. Esther Mobley,, "Santa Barbara wine has never been more thrilling — or more complicated," 1 Aug. 2019 The new paperwork requirements, along with a new, lengthy ethics review, raise worries that many investigators will fail to land grants that rely on fetal tissue—and others won’t even try to win them. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, "Trump administration releases details on fetal tissue restrictions," 26 July 2019 History: Rancho Peñasquitos is part of San Diego’s first Mexican land grant, a gift in 1823 to Francisco Maria Ruiz, military commander of San Diego. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rancho Peñasquitos: With tract homes and cul-de-sacs, the quintessential family-friendly suburb," 30 June 2019 Case said John Randon received one of the 300 land grants. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Keep Texas Beautiful honors Weston Lakes woman," 8 July 2019 The priest’s family roots date at least to the Spanish colonial era, with his father’s ancestors having received a land grant from the king of Spain in the mid-1700s. Scott Huddleston,, "Father David’s role grew from San Antonio parish priest to major community leader," 8 July 2019 History: In the 1800s, San Ysidro and Otay Mesa were part of a land grant named Tia Juana, which ended up on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border with the establishment of international boundary line through the property. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Ysidro/Otay Mesa: A sense of history and community pride," 30 June 2019 The trust lands granted to states came with the mandate that they be used to raise money for schools and other public institutions. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Colorado sportsmen, women would have another 100,000 acres of range to roam if additional state trust lands are made public," 27 June 2019 History: Vista was incorporated in 1963, but the city’s roots stretch back to the mid-1800s when the Mexican government made land grants for large ranches, including the Rancho Guajome and Rancho Buena Vista. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vista: America’s climatic wonderland is much more than temperate," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of land grant

1862, in the meaning defined above

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