The governor’s Council offered grants of land to persons who settled on the frontier. In 1646, the Council issued patents to the fort captains and men for the lands on which outlying forts were engineered together with the lands surrounding the forts. And, in 1701, in an unsuccessful attempt to garrison the frontier, patents equal to four times the headright were offered to teams of men who would undertake the defense of the frontier. None of these offers met with a great deal of success.
Later within the colonial period, bounty lands were offered as an incentive or reward to men who performed military service throughout the French and Indian War; but, the world in that the land was accessible was closed by the Proclamation of 1763, so it wasn’t till 1779, and after, that the bounty was actually awarded.