- As in Jamaica, it was necessary to train staff and to prepare a cadastral map.
- Records designed to assess public revenue - censuses, cadastral surveys, and tax registers - all demonstrate the interest of the state in promoting stability and continuity in settlement.
- Their commission was to establish an administrative framework, conduct a census and cadastral survey to establish the resources of the peninsula, and draw up a taxation policy and legal statutes for its governance.
Mid 19th century: from French, from cadastre 'register of property', from Provençal cadastro, from Italian catastro (earlier catastico), from late Greek katastikhon 'list, register', from kata stikhon 'line by line'.
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