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Georgia Yazoo land claims  

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Memorial of the Agents of the New England Mississippi Land Company to Congress, with a Vindication of Their Title at Law Annexed


Washington, DC

A. & G. Way



[1], 7, 109 pp. (8vo)22x14.5 cm (8¾x5½”), disbound.


A most important Yazoo document, printing the arguments of the New England Mississippi Land Company to their rights in the Yazoo lands. The federal government would continue to receive claims and requests for payment from various speculators, such as this memorial from the New England Mississippi Land Company, for many years.

In the late 18th century land companies were formed for the purpose of buying vast tracts of land in the western portion of Georgia, named the "Yazoo lands" after the river that flowed through the region.  These companies planned to resell the land at tremendous profits.  In January 1795 the Yazoo Act, which transferred thirty-five million acres in present-day Mississippi and Alabama to four companies for $500,000, was signed by Georgia governor George Mathews.  Despite charges of corruption and popular opposition, the Yazoo companies were able to purchase the lands.  In response to continued opposition to the act in Georgia, a Rescinding Act was passed in 1796, and in 1798 a revision of the state constitution was enacted.  

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Title page soiled with rubber stamp number; edges chipped; otherwise very good.

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