The new settlers would own property. They would establish their right to it, draw a line around it and build on it. Then they could sell it or pass it in to their children or it could be sold to someone else.
Europeans thought of themselves differently than the environment they lived in. They would own their property. Because they owned it and had control of it they could build substantial buildings on it. The government and their for everyone recognized their right to the property. This meant that not only could they build substancil buildings, they could brower the money to pay for it.
What you see here is Halverson’s Sea Shore Inn which was located in the Cottonwood Beach area. The Halverson family is well remembered for their sense of community at Birch Bay.