Setting Out To Begin A New World
Colonial Georgia; A Documentary History
Edited By Edward J. Cashin
Hardcover, 215 pp
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The history of colonial Georgia shows how even the best of good intentions can lead to near disaster. Despite an enthusiastic and promising start, the Trustees faced languishing settlements and complaints from “ungrateful” colonists. Despite the more able administration of the British government after 1750, the Royal governors of Georgia faced the rising self-confidence of a more prosperous colony that would lead to the American Revolution. Twenty-three documents or groups of documents bring this remote century to flesh-and-blood life. The Trustees hire the ship Anne to bring the first colonists, one of whose passengers describes the voyage. Peter Gordon and Francis Moore describe the founding of Savannah and Frederica in 1733 and 1735. General Oglethorpe faces a mutiny of soldiers, twice attacks the Spanish in Florida and blocks a retaliatory invasion. Savannah is attacked by the French and Americans but remains in British control, while the interior becomes mired in a protracted civil war.
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