Inscription. The notorious "Yazoo Fraud" act was passed and later repealed in the old State Capitol that stood here 1794-1807. The 1794 Georgia legislature sold
35,000,000 acres of land along the Yazoo River in what is now Alabama and Mississippi at 1½ cents per acre. James Jackson resigned as U.S. Senator to run for the Georgia legislature and urge repeal of the Yazoo act. He succeeded in 1796. The act itself and all records of it were burned on the grounds here "with fire from heaven" aided by a sunglass. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the land sales. Congress paid Georgia $1,250,000 for the Yazoo territory (1802), then paid the land buyers $4,000,000 (1810). The land went into the new states of Alabama and Mississippi.
By David Seibert, November 1990
|1. "Yazoo Fraud" Marker|
Erected 1978 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 081-3.)
Location. 32° 59.914′ N, 82° 24.482′ W. Marker is in Louisville, Georgia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on West Broad Street (U.S. 1) 0 miles east of Green Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in front of the old Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Louisville GA 30434, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Old State Capitol (here, next to this marker); Site of Capitol Building (within shouting distance of this marker); To Commemorate the Site of the First Permanent Capitol of Georgia (within shouting distance of this marker); Market House (about 700 feet away, in a direct line); Louisville, Georgia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rocky Comfort Creek (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Ogeechee River (approx. 2.1 miles away); Old Town Plantation (approx. 8.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Louisville.
By David Seibert, January 19, 2009
|2. Old Jefferson County Courthouse and Yazoo Fraud Marker|
|The "Yazoo Fraud" marker can be seen to the right of the Courthouse entrance.|
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . . Yazoo Fraud from New Georgia Encyclopedia. A more detailed account of the Yazoo Fraud, described as "one of the most significant events in the post-Revolutionary history of Georgia," (Submitted on November 8, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
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