In his study of United States land policy, historian Paul W. Gates wrote, “No problem caused Congress, officials of the General Land Office, and federal courts more difficulty or took up as much time as the private land claims, that is the grants of land made by predecessor governments in areas acquired from Great Britain, France, Spain, Mexico, and in the Oregon country by agreement with Great Britain.“ There were also problems in Florida since land had been granted by both the Spanish and British governments, and the “little Arredondo grant” of Columbia County demonstrates the complexities in the settlement of private land claims. For almost a century, the little Arredondo grant vexed territorial, state, and federal officials, and was a source of major concern to the residents of Columbia County.
Keuchel, Edward F.
"Settlers, Bureaucrats, and Private Land Claims: The "Little Arredondo Grant","
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 68:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol68/iss2/6