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The last of the thirteen original colonies, Georgia, did not witness a population boom until after the Revolutionary War. On the eve of the war, the colony obtained its first cession of land from the Indians. Post independence, Georgia sought to exploit her primary asset and bring prosperity by more sessions of land from the Indians. She enticed settlers to the state by luring them with a series of land lotteries. Participants had to have resided in the state three years before these lotteries, so even the losers were prone to stay since they had already settled into their communities.
The 1832 Georgia land lottery encompassed the area out of which came Cherokee County. Eleven years later a portion of that county became Pickens County, bordered by Bartow, Cherokee, Dawson, Gilmer, and Gordon Counties.
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