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This Day in Georgia History

April 07, 1798

Act of Congress on Georgia’s Western Territories

Pres. John Adams signed an act of Congress authorizing him to appoint commissioners to meet with representatives from Georgia to negotiate respective claims to all territories west of the Chattahoochee River and north of the 31st parallel. Additionally, the act provided for creation of the Mississippi Territory in Georgia’s western territories to consist of all land between a line from the Yazoo River eastward to the Chattahoochee River on the north and the 31st parallel on the south. The act further allowed the president to establish a government for the new territory. However, to ease Georgia’s fears, the act provided that establishment of a government for the Mississippi Territory did not amount to a unilateral annexation of land claimed by Georgia.

Act of Congress on Georgia’s Western Territories View large image
Source: Carl Vinson Institute of Government