U.S. Supreme Court
United States v. Acosta, 42 U.S. 1 How. 24 24 (1843)
United States v. Acosta
42 U.S. (1 How.) 24
The certificate of the secretary of the Spanish governor of Florida is prima facie evidence of the existence of a grant of land.
The Spanish governor had authority to issue such a grant.
In the case of a grant made before 24 January, 1818, it is valid, although the survey was not made until after that day, provided the survey was made before the exchange of flags.
It is not a good objection to such a grant that the metes and bounds were not set forth.
The facts in this case are fully set forth in the opinion of the Court.