This course seeks to study the historically important Mason-Dixon Line survey, the circumstances that led to the necessity of the survey, the surveyors who conducted the survey, and the methods and techniques they employed to complete their daunting project. Also, the lasting political and cultural effects of the survey will be examined and a timeline of events relating to the survey will be presented.
As the retracement surveyors of today are called upon to “follow in the footsteps” of those original surveyors who went before, it is useful and instructive to learn how and why the early surveyors conducted their projects. It is likewise worthwhile to consider the outcomes and consequences of the early land surveys that shaped and continue to influence America.
Hours: 4 LU/HSW hours