Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
Georgia is the 4th state.
1795 · Yazoo Land Fraud
As Georgia had been weakened during the Revolutionary War, it was unable to defend its Yazoo lands, or land west of the Yazoo River. Thirty-five million acres were sold to four companies for $500,000 as Governor George Mathews signed the Yazoo Act on January 7, 1795. Angry Georgians protested in the streets as they felt bribery and corruption were involved and the sale was far below market value. The legislation tried to rescind the Yazoo Act, but much of the land had been sold to third parties. The issue made its way to the United States Supreme Court and it was determined that rescinding the law was an unconstitutional infringement on a legal contract. The government took full possession of the territory by 1814 and awarded its claimants over $4,000,000.
English: habitational name from a place in Norfolk named Beckham, from the Old English byname Becca ( see Beck 4) + Old English hām ‘homestead’.