U.S. Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
Percent of Total U.S. land
|State Cessions (1781-1802)||
|Louisiana Purchase (1803)/c/||523,466,400||6,465,280||529,911,680||22.9||23,213,568|
|Red River Basin (1782-1817)||29,066,880||535,040||29,601,920||1.3|
|Cession from Spain (1819)||43,342,720||2,801,920||46,144,640||2.0||6,674,057|
|Oregon Compromise (1846)||180,644,480||2,741,760||183,386,240||7.9|
|Mexican Cession (1848)||334,479,360||4,201,600||338,680,960||14.6||16,295,149|
|Purchase from Texas (1850)||78,842,880||83,840||78,926,720||3.4||15,496,448|
|Gadsden Purchase (1853)||18,961,920||26,880||18,988,800||0.8||10,000,000|
|Alaska Purchase (1867)||365,333,120||12,909,440||378,242,560||16.3||7,200,000|
|Total public domain||1,807,533,440||33,175,680||1,840,709,120||79.4||85,079,222|
/a/ Cost data for all except "State Cessions" obtained from U.S. Geological Survey, Boundaries, Area, Geographic Centers (Washington, D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1939), pp. 249-251.
/b/ Georgia Cession, 1802 (56,689,920 acres), See Donaldson, Thomas, The Public Domain, Its History, with Statistics (Washington, D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1884), p.11.
/c/ Excludes areas eliminated by treaty of 1819 with Spain.
Note: Alaska has been adjusted for the recomputation of the areas of the United States that was made for the 1980 decennial census.
Source: U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, Areas
of Acquisition to the Territory of the United States...(Washington,
D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1992). Acreages therein are based
on findings adopted February 2, 1912, by the Secretary of the Interior.
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