Land Surveyors in the Global Settler Colonial Project

Stakeholders: Land Surveyors in Global Settler Colonialism is a digital history project that will develop our historical understandings of European settler colonies by closely examining the lives and work of land surveyors from 1750 to 1950. It offers new insights into Indigenous dispossessions and the genocides that accompanied the creation of these settler colonies such as Canada, the United States, and Australia. Like soldiers and policemen, land surveyors were among the 'shock troops' of expanding settler colonies and states, and were key to the radical transformation of Indigenous lands into private property available for (mostly) white men.