The History of Land Surveying

Land surveying has a vast and rich history. In fact, the Egyptian pyramid builders remain some of the most famous early surveyors in recorded time. How good were they? The 755 foot base of the Great Pyramid is only a few inches out of square and it remains the only surviving member of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World.
 
Many of the founders of this country, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, were all surveyors. Their work, and that of explorers and frontiersmen like Lewis and Clark, helped map and define our land, leading to its habitation and prosperity. 

You can learn more about the early Spanish and Texas Republic land surveying by visiting the website of the Texas General Land Office in Austin.