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In the 1742 Battle of Bloody Marsh on St. Simons Island, General Oglethorpe's soldiers defeated Spanish forces in what was the only Spanish invasion of Georgia during the War of Jenkins' Ear. The battle earned its name from its location rather than from the number of casualties, which were minimal.
September 23, 2013
Have you ever heard the phrase out on your ear? If you do, it means that you are being kicked out of a place or situation. For example, your soccer coach might say, “You’ll be out on your ear if you don’t get to practice on time."Back in 1731 British naval captain Robert Jenkins would gladly have been out on his ear—except he didn’t have one! An angry Spanish privateer cut off Jenkins’s ear as... Full Post
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King George II of England signed the charter creating the colony of Georgia on April 21, 1732. Originally administered by a board of trustees, the colony later came under the direct governance of the king, from 1752 until his death in 1760, when his grandson George III assumed the throne.
September 16, 2013
The recent birth of Prince George of Cambridge, the future king of England, created excitement around the world. But did you know that one of the prince's very distant ancestors, King George II, gave our state its name? The newly created Georgia colony was governed for its first twenty years by a Board of Trustees, which disbanded in 1752. The colony was then ruled by a provincial council until... Full Post
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This oil painting by William Verelst shows the founders of Georgia, the Georgia Trustees, and a delegation of Georgia Indians in July 1734. One year later the Trustees persuaded the British government to support a ban on slavery in Georgia.
September 3, 2013
Ever hear of a “trust fall”? This is a trust-building exercise for groups in which you allow yourself to fall backward, relying on your teammates to catch you. Trust can be a scary thing, and this was certainly the case for the fledgling colony of Georgia. For its first two decades, 1732–52, Georgia was governed by a Board of Trustees created by the British Parliament. The Trustees established... Full Post
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A watercolor by Herbert Rudeen illustrates Tristan de Luna's historic landing at Pensacola Bay in August 1559. De Luna's failed plan to establish a Spanish presence along the lower Atlantic coast, the Gulf Coast, and the interior of the Southeast included the colonization of Ochuse (Florida), Coosa (Georgia), and Santa Elena (South Carolina).
August 22, 2013
What do you like to trade? Baseball cards? Silly Bandz? Lunch? You probably trade mostly for fun, but if you reach back into our history, you’ll find that trade was serious business. The exchange of goods and services began in Georgia among the earliest native peoples, and it expanded when European explorers arrived in the 1500s and 1600s. Trade abounded among the Indians, French, English, and... Full Post
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This illustration shows the Yuchi Indians of Georgia with popular adornments and accessories including: a) ring and pearl worn by some in the nose, b) corals, c) arrows and lines burned into the chest, and d) ladle made from a buffalo horn.
August 16, 2013
We see a lot of arrows in our culture. Some tell us that the restroom is on the left; others indicate that stock trading is down for the week. You might even have an arrow on your screen right now, showing you where to click! But have you ever found an arrow on the ground? Commonly referred to as “arrowheads,” these Indian projectile points were not made to show direction. Instead, they tipped... Full Post
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High Falls State Park, near Jackson in Butts County, is a popular destination along the Towaliga River for camping and boating. The town of High Falls, established in the early 1800s, became a ghost town during the 1880s, when the railroads gained prominence over waterways for commercial transportation.
August 13, 2013
What connects the Masters golf tournament to the Middle Georgia Derby Demons to former Atlanta Braves pitcher Cory Rasmus? The fall line, of course! This series of waterfalls stretches across the state, from southwest to northeast Georgia. In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, trade ships moved food and supplies all along the rivers of Georgia’s Upper Coastal Plain. But the boats... Full Post
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The Negro History Collection is pictured in 1949 at the West Hunter Branch of the Atlanta Public Library. Renamed the Samuel W. Williams Collection on Black America in 1971, the collection today forms the core archive at the Auburn Avenue Research Library.
August 11, 2013
Welcome to the New Georgia Encyclopedia blog. In this space we plan to make connections between our lives today and the multitude of interesting stories from Georgia's history; to feature content related to certain Georgia Performance Standards for eighth-grade Georgia Studies students; and to highlight the interesting work of others who are involved in Georgia's history and culture. We hope the... Full Post
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