A True copy of the Eel Ground Plan

Map of Eel Ground

A True copy of the Eel Ground Plan
George Sproule, Surveyor General
UNB Archives & Special Collections. Indian Affairs Documents, MG H54.
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Before New Brunswick government officials would grant land titles to either Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal petitioners, they demanded the land in question be surveyed. Surveying, or measuring the size of land tracts and marking their boundaries, originated in Europe and aided the government in collecting population and agricultural data and thus, in producing tax rolls. In 1784, New Brunswick officials decided to order land surveys of new provincial grants for similar purposes.