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This Day in Georgia History

April 24, 1802

Georgia Ceded Western Territories

Meeting in Washington, D.C., a panel consisting of James Madison, Albert Gallatin, and Levi Lincoln representing the U.S. and Abraham Baldwin, James Jackson, and John Milledge representing Georgia signed an agreement whereby Georgia ceded all territories west of its present boundaries to the U.S. In return, the United States agreed to (1) pay Georgia a total of $1,250,000; (2) assume responsibility for extinguishing all Indian claims to land within Georgia; and (3) recognize all British and Spanish grants to residents of the Mississippi Territory executed before Oct. 22, 1795.