Controlling the West

🔎 🗺️ When reviewing maps, particularly in the western United States, you can sometimes just tell that there's a story behind the map.

Why is private tract surrounded by millions of acres of public land?

How does someone buy a ranch that large? How did it get put together?

The NYT and Business Insider article below tell a few of them. Enjoy!

The New York Times: “Who Gets to Control the West: A New group of Billionaires Is Shaking Up the Landscape”

Business Insider: “The 20 Biggest Landowners in America”