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1795 1796 1797


  • Catherine II, a.k.a. Catherine the Great, dies.
  • Nicholas-Leonard-Sadi Carnot is born.
  • Public Land Act of 1796 allowed settlers to buy land at $2 an acre with a year's credit for half the purchase price as an indirect government subsidy. By 1811 more than 3 million acres of public (formerly Native American owned) land was purchased via this law.
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