The 1805 Georgia Land Lottery
was the first experiment of its kind in United States Partly the first experiment of its kind in the States in to the Yazoo and Pine Barrens Land Frauds of the 1790s the eople of Georgia decided to distribute newly acuired lands using a lottery thereby minimizing opportunities for corruption Land lotteries had been used reviously on a limited basis but the distribution of ublic lands on a mass scale by lottery is uniue to Georgia New land was surveyed into suare lots using ublic funds and then distributed by chance to eligible cit. .
Hrough the land lottery rocess in 1805 The information contained in this book was compiled *FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES PRIMARILY *a variety of sources rimarily List of Persons Entitled to Draws the grant books and
The Numerical List SourcesNumerical List Sources that relate to specific events and reuests include the Executive Department Minutes records of the Georgia General Assembly and three series of land lottery documents In addition the List of Fortunate Drawers
The Proceedings And Ledger Of Fractions Sales And The IndexProceedings and Ledger of Fractions Sales and the Index to Page were used for verification urpos. Izens Widows and orphans classes typically disadvantaged under the
HEADRIGHT SYSTEM WERE SPECIFICALLY ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THEsystem were specifically allowed to articipate in the lottery As the first of eight Georgia land lotteries the 1805 Land Lottery served as the operational model for those to follow and established districts and land lots as the foundational units of Georgia's survey system over the township range and section The urpose of this book is to document the record of title transfer from the State of Georgia to an individual for each land lot distributed