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Oglethorpe and Colonial Georgia
Oglethorpe and Colonial Georgia:
A History, 1733-1783

by David Lee Russell
Published by McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers
February 2006

Description from McFarland:
Many of America's first European settlers felt they were traveling to a sort of promised land, but James Oglethorpe viewed America-specifically, what is today the state of Georgia-as his own personal utopia. Convincing his king to grant him a land parcel, Oglethorpe threw his lot in with 35 poor families and traveled to the New World. There, he became the first administrator of the Georgian colony and founded the town of Savannah.

This work tells the story of James Oglethorpe and of Georgia from its birth as a colony in 1733 to its emergence as a free state 50 years later. Appendices include the roster of initial settlers, the Georgia constitution of 1777 and a detailed timeline.

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