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Georgia Land Lotteries
June 26, 1806 Georgia's first land lottery (1805) proved so successful that a second land lottery was enacted to be held in 1807
  Georgia Land Lotteries
December 15, 1818 The Third Georgia Land Lottery is authorized. It is held in 1820
  Georgia Land Lotteries
May 15, 1821 The Fourth Georgia Land Lottery is authorized. It is held the same year
  Georgia Land Lotteries
June 9, 1825 The Fifth Georgia Land Lottery is authorized. It is held in 1827
  Georgia Land Lotteries
December 21, 1830 The Sixth Georgia Land Lottery, sometimes called the Cherokee Georgia lottery, is authorized by the General Assembly. The major difference between this lottery and the preceding five lotteries is that Georgia did not have a claim to the land it was giving away: The Cherokee had never ceded it.
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Georgia Land Lotteries
  Cherokee County, Georgia
  Lumpkin County, Georgia
  Dawson County, Georgia
  Union County, Georgia
  Whitfield County, Georgia
  Floyd County, Georgia
  Walker County, Georgia
  Cass County, Georgia
December 24, 1831 Georgia Gold Lottery enacted. This lottery, whose enabling act and drawing dates were different than the Sixth Georgia Land Lottery is, for some reason, frequently combined with the earlier lottery. It is, in fact, totally separate
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Georgia Land Lotteries
  Lumpkin County, Georgia
  Cherokee County, Georgia
November 24, 1832 Start of the sixth land lottery. Georgia did not own the land it was giving to settlers
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Georgia Land Lotteries
  Original Cherokee County
  Gilmer County, Georgia
  Cherokee County, Georgia
  Cass County, Georgia
  Floyd County, Georgia
  Walker County, Georgia
  Union County, Georgia
  Forsyth County, Georgia
  Murray County, Georgia
  Lumpkin County, Georgia
December 29, 1835 Members of the Ridge or Treaty Party sign the Treaty of New Echota, without the approval of the Cherokee National Council.
  Georgia Land Lotteries
  Original Cherokee County


Seven times the state of Georgia held lotteries to distribute land ceded or stolen from the Creek and Cherokee. Each of the lotteries was open to males who paid a minimal amount to enter the lottery. The fee was waived for men who fought for Georgia during the American Revolution.




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