Creator

Date Original

1756-1802

Description

This collection contains three documents related to land records and surveys. The 1756 document is in French, the 1798 document is in Spanish, and the 1802 document is in English. The 1802 document includes a hand-drawn map and was completed for Sylvanus Phillips.

Biographical/Historical Note

Arkansas was organized into a Territory in 1819, and became a state in 1836. Before the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the area that is now Arkansas was governed and settled by both France and Spain. Sylvanus Phillips came to this area prior to the Louisiana Purchase, and gained title to land through the Spanish government. He settled in what is now Phillips County, and served in several public positions, including county clerk from 1820-1823. After Arkansas was organized into a territory, Phillips continued to acquire land. Phillips County was named in his honor, and the town of Helena, which was part of his original holdings, was named for his daughter. He died in Helena, October 31, 1830.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.013.014

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Arkansas Territory land records, SMC.013.014

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Arkansas Territory land records, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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