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townsite Line breaks: town|site

Definition of townsite in English:


North American
A tract of land set apart by legal authority to be occupied by a town and usually surveyed and laid out with streets.
Example sentences
  • A townsite was surveyed and town lots pegged out by October 1895.
  • Under terms of the peace treaty signed in 1814, the tribe relinquished to the United States 22 million acres of land, including the townsites of some of the Upper Creeks who had fought alongside Andrew Jackson's forces against the rebels.
  • Cumberland County, the original townsite, which now comprises nearly all the Sydney metropolitan area, gives 35 to 40 per cent of itself to bush.

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