Following the practice it had established more than a century earlier, the U.S. Congress, in sections 24 and 25 of the Arizona Enabling Act, granted Arizona several million acres of federal land for specific purposes. By far the largest of these was the grant for the “support of common schools.” It consisted of four designated 640-acre (one square mile) sections of federal land in every township in the state (each township being composed of thirty-six sections, or thirty-six square miles). If, before the land was surveyed to determine the location of these granted...
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