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FLORIDA THEMES : REAL PROPERTY

From Spanish crown grants through modern court records, land records tell the story of people who populated Florida’s lands and what they did with them. Land records in Florida tend to over three stages. First come Spanish land grants, and British land sales.
Then following the creation of the Territory of Florida in 1821, a federal land commission held hearings and made reports to Congress concerning the land claims in the 1820s. The last period is the township and section survey of the State; these records tend to be in the courthouses of the appropriate county but are occasionally published and indexed in print.

Land issues and real estate have played very important roles in the growth and development of this state. Through the buying and selling of lands, Florida has become a very densely populated region, and offers many resources to its population. The Florida Heritage Collection provides access to works on land records and other territorial issues.

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