Brown Bag Land, Liberty, & Property: Surveyors and the Production of Empire in British North America 15 July 2014.Tuesday, 12:00PM - 1:00PM Mark L. Thompson, University of Groningen

The land surveyor was a key figure in early America—instrumental in everything from marking colonial boundaries to measuring the smallest parcel of a farmer’s land. Adapting European methods to American conditions, surveyors drafted a “creole science” that served the demands of imperial authorities and common settlers alike. Together they transformed land into liberty, property, and a territorial empire.