See Gorgeous Photos of Earth, One Square Mile at a Time

Caitlin Schneider

The Land Ordinance of 1785 proposed by Thomas Jefferson established a systematic process for surveying land following the American Revolution. In the grid system, townships are divided into 36 sections, each measuring one square mile.  

Two hundred and thirty years later, an Instagram account called The Jefferson Grid (@the.jefferson.grid) is paying homage to the legislation of the Founding Fathers with straightforward satellite shots of land measuring one square mile each. Unlike the ordinance, the project extends beyond these United States to parcels all over the world. From farmland to suburbia, it’s a mesmerizing homage to the way we’ve divided and conquered.

[h/t Kottke]