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Louisville in Jefferson County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

“Yazoo Fraud”

 
 
"Yazoo Fraud" Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, November 1990
1. "Yazoo Fraud" Marker
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 The notorious "Yazoo Fraud" act was passed and later repealed in the old State Capitol that stood here 1794-1807.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.
 
Erected 1978 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 081-3.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
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. Touch 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.
Old Jefferson County Courthouse and Yazoo Fraud Marker image. Click for full size.
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.
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured 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); The Sacking of Louisville ( about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Louisville, Georgia ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Rocky Comfort Creek ( approx. 0.8 miles away); Crossing the Ogeechee River ( approx. 1.4 miles away); The Ogeechee River ( approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Louisville.
 
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.) 
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USNotable EventsPolitical SubdivisionsSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,730 times since then and 63 times this year. Last updated on August 12, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1. submitted on November 6, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2. submitted on February 27, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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