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September 38, 1850, act that enabled State of Arkansas and other States to reclaim the "Swamp Lands" within their limits.
An act that enabled states to construct the necessary levees and drains to reclaim the swamp and overflowed lands unfit for cultivation. Lands were to be listed, plats made, and transmitted to the governor who could request that a patent to be issued to the State. Proceeds of from the sale or by direct appropriation were to be applied exclusively to the purpose of reclaiming said lands by means of levees and drains.
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