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The New Madrid Earthquake
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TitleThe New Madrid Earthquake
AbstractDescription of the sale of land by inhabitants of New Madrid County, Missouri, following the destructive earthquake there in 1811, with some federal aid but not enough to recoup great financial losses.
NotesThe agitation in Congress resulted in the passage of an act allowing those whose lands had been destroyed by the earthquake to locate the same quantity of land in any other part of the public domain open to entry. ..Five hundred and sixteen certificates were issued, but only 20 were located by the original claimants in person; most of the remainder were acquired by speculators in St. Louis. Perjury and forgery became so common that for a time a New Madrid claim was regarded as a synonym for fraud.
AuthorMyron L. Fuller
Department of the Interior
Date1912
SourceUnited States Geological Survey Bulletin
LocationGovernment Documents (I 19.3)
Number494
Page44
Local SubjectNew Madrid, Missouri
Earthquakes
Federal Government
Disasters
Item TypeReport
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Item ID106033
CONTENTdm number30017
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