Oglethorpe and Colonial Georgia

A History, 1733–1783


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About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

David Lee Russell is a retired Naval Air Intelligence Officer, and former IT director. He is also the author of three history books on the American Revolution, a book on the history of Eastern Airlines, and two intelligence thriller books. He lives in Canton, Georgia

Bibliographic Details

David Lee Russell
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 230
Bibliographic Info: 20 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013 [2006]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7511-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      ix
Introduction      1

1. Oglethorpe and the Georgia Inspiration      3
2. The Founding of Savannah      14
3. The Spanish and Georgia      24
4. A Georgia Victory and Charter Surrender      37
5. The Royal Period Begins      49
6. The Wright Era and Patriot Crisis      57
7. Georgia Heads to Revolution      68
8. A Frontier War in Georgia      78
9. The Fall of Savannah      93
10. Patriots Regroup and D’Estaing Arrives      109
11. Siege Forces Gather at Savannah      124
12. The Siege of Savannah      134
13. An Occupied Georgia      147
14. A Fifty-Year Colonial Legacy      162

Appendix A. The First English Settlers to Georgia      181
Appendix B. Georgia Constitution of 1777      183
Appendix C. Colonial Georgia Timeline, 1733–1783      189
Chapter Notes      199
Bibliography      207
Index      211