Profile of Technology Topic
The technology I chose to write my paper on is the Public Land Survey. I picked this because it has been covered in my classes but only been briefly described. The PLSS was the way the government subdivided the land west of the Appalachian mountains into lots for sale, first into six mile square townships and then subdividing the townships into smaller lots. The PLSS replaced the metes and bounds system of land ownership, which was a description of your parcel of land by landmarks. For example a parcel could be described as starting at the old willow tree down by the fork in Mud Creek, then pacing off for 100 poles till you get to the big rock, turn west for another 120 poles etc. When the PLSS was completed it streamlined ownership titles because land could now be described accurately with the common latitude and longitude coordinate system. This achieved a major break through in efficiently for the bureaucrats in the state and federal government and removed a long standing traditional form of land ownership.