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    Mississippi County, AR- Swamp Land Scrip $25 June 23, 1856 Rothert UNL
    In 1849 Congress passed a law allowing the state of Louisiana to take from the Federal Government swamplands within her borders so long as the state reclaimed the land and made it available for citizens to farm. The law proved so popular that the following year Congress passed similar laws for Arkansas and Mississippi, granting those states lands along the Mississippi River that were either under water or needed to be diked or drained to be of agricultural use. The "Swamp Land Scrip" was issued to pay the workmen on these projects, or could be redeemed for the purchase of these lands by parties interested in settling there. The taint of scandal soon followed, as the county issued more scrip than it received in revenues from the reclaimed land, leading to the notation on the reverse of this note "Presented a[nd] unpaid for want of funds August 25th, 1856." Very Fine.


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    January, 2010
    7th-11th Thursday-Monday
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