In 1867, United States Secretary of State William H. Seward signed an agreement with Russia in which the United States purchased the territory of Alaska from them. Almost immediately this act was widely referred to as "Seward's Folly" in light of the vast wasteland that was Alaska...and that the US paid the huge amount of $ 7.2 Million.
But hold on, if you breakdown the purchase price of $7.2 million and divide it by the number of acres purchased, the entire purchase amounted to less than 2 cents an acre. Pretty good for those days and especially good now today when real estate values have soared. Where else can you get a bargain like that?
Well there are places now that you can even do better. You can get land in Alaska…and the other 49 states, all free. Yes, a small company named American Acres, Inc has found a very unique way to provide the American dream of land ownership free. Well, at least an affirmation of that dream. Let's say you want to own land. Well how about starting with a single square inch plot? Yes, a ONE-SQUARE INCH PARCEL! The land is made available through their website.
These "'mini-estates", which of course are available for each state, can't be built on, lived on or retired on; Owners cannot make any improvements or develop the parcels. Owners shall not occupy the parcels and must grant rights of ingress and egress over their parcel. But they are completely free of additional responsibility and obligations. And the fun of bragging about owning land in the United States is priceless, to say the least!" And oh, what a wonderful gift it makes!
Although use of the land may be limited, the responsibilities (as one would hope) are equally minimal. No paying taxes of any kind…ever! Owners need not mow their lawn, take out the trash, throw away junk mail, participate in local jury duty, or endure any other daily adversities associated with being a land owner.
So, it has been asked, "What is the purpose of owning a one square inch of land...anywhere?" "What can I do with such a tiny piece of earth?" Well, if you don't have a sense of humor...or an imagination, then these personalized gifts...legal, yes legal, Deeds to each state just aren't for you. They are the perfect gift for the person who has everything. It's the most wonderful unique gift idea for a person who dreams of living in, say California...or Hawaii, or yes, Alaska...or anywhere where they don't live now.
It's great for all gift giving occasions including Mother's Day, Father's Day, graduations, birthdays, Christmas, etc.. In fact you might want to get a Deed to the United States - one Deed that entitles you to ownership of one square inch of land in all 50 states at once (there is a fee for this 50 State Deed). Check it out at their website.
By the way, did you know that Alaska's Population is 626,932 in 2000, it's capital is Juneau, located in the southeast region of Alaska, which has a population of 30,684, its nickname is "The Last Frontier," the state fish is Giant King Salmon which weighs up to 100 pounds, the state motto is "North to the Future," the state tree is the Sitka Spruce, and Alaska entered the Union as recently as January 3, 1959.
What’s really odd is that in 1862, Congress passed the revolutionary Homestead Act that sent thousands of Americans west in pursuit of free land. The catch; you had to live on the land you claimed.
And that in 1977 the Homesite Law provided for "free land" with provisions similar those of the federal Homestead Act; you had to live on your land.
Also in 1984, the Homestead Program was initiated; residency in Alaska for one year prior to filing as well as having to live on the land and "work it."
Then in 2007, on March 18th, free land in Alaska was offered by the town of Anderson, AK in an effort to increase the population of the town; the prize; 26 lots, 1.3 acres in size. The catch of course, you had to live on it.
Now this offer is the latest: "There's Free Land in Alaska” from American Acres, to Internet Homesteaders who sign up. The catch; you cannot live on the land. Why? Each lot is only 1 square inch in size.
So it seems that American Acres, Inc. has found this very unique way to provide the American dream of land ownership to almost everyone by giving away "mini-estates" in Alaska and, in fact, to all the other 49 states in the USA as well. The land is being made available through their website at and ownership will be verified instantly via an online process and an optional email deed.
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Scott Moger, an Internet entrepreneur and freelance writer who has been published internationally, has been writing about items like free gifts of land and unique gifts for several years. He is the president of American Acres, Inc. the company that actually owns the land these websites are promoting. E-Max, Inc. is another company he is associated with as president. E-Max owns www.VeryCleverGifts.com. He occasionally writes under the nom de plume of Jonathan Plight and/or Jack Torrington.
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