Treaty Definitions for Land Surveyors

Treaty of Ghent, 1814—By the treaty of peace concluded at Ghent (Belgium) on December 24, 1814, it was agreed to provide for a final adjustment of the boundaries described in the Treaty of 1783 that had not yet been ascertained and determined, embracing certain islands in the Bay of Fundy and the whole of the boundary line from the source of the River St. Croix to the most northwestern point of the Lake of the Woods.

Treaty with Great Britain, 1782—The original limits of the United Stat were first definitely described in the provisional treaty concluded with Great Britain on November 30, 1782.

Treaty with Great Britain, 1783—The definite treaty of peace with Great Britain concluded on September 3, 1783, defines the boundaries of the United States in terms similar to those of the provisional treaty. The northern boundary became at once a fruitful source of dissension between the two countries. From the time of the conclusion of peace to the mid-1970s the definite location of this line was subject to a series of treaties, commissions, and surveys.

Treaty with Spain, 1795—The southern boundary of the United States was described in definite terms by the treaties with Great Britain of 1782 and 1783, but its location was not accepted by Spain and was disputed by that country until settled by the treaty concluded on October 27, 1795.

Source: NSPS “Definitions of Surveying and Related Terms“, used with permission.

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