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[GA] Land Lotteries History

"For an average price of seven cents an acre, Georgians gradually moved westward onto land previously owned by Native Americans. The acquisition of property distributed in subsequent lotteries began in 1802, when Georgia agreed to relinquish claims to Alabama and Mississippi to the federal government in exchange for both $1.25 million, which was used to settle disputed Yazoo land claims, and a promise to remove the remaining Creek Indians from Georgia's borders. Andrew Jackson's victory over the Creeks during the War of 1812 (1812-15) helped effectively to eliminate the Creeks from the state.

The 1805, 1807, 1820, 1821, and 1827 lotteries involved Creek lands; the 1820 lottery involved Creek and Cherokee lands; and the two 1832 lotteries and one in 1833 involved Cherokee lands. Beginning in 1832, Cherokee territory in present-day Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, and Union counties entered into the lottery system and was dispersed to thousands of Georgia families."

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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