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Province of Georgia

Province of Georgia
Colony of Great Britain

1732–1777


Flag

A map of the Province of Georgia, 1732–1777
Capital Savannah
Languages English, Mikasuki, Cherokee, Muscogee, Shawnee, Yuchi
Government Constitutional monarchy
King
 •  1732–1760 George II
 •  1760–1777 George III
Governor
 •  1732-1743 James Oglethorpe (first)
 •  1760–1782 James Wright (last)
Legislature Commons House of Assembly (lower)
General Assembly (upper)
Historical era Colonial Era
 •  Established 1732
 •  Disestablished 1777
Currency Pound sterling
Today part of  United States

The Province of Georgia (also Georgia Colony) was one of the Southern colonies in British America. It was the last of the thirteen original American colonies established by Great Britain in what later became the United States. In the original grant, a narrow strip of the province extended to the Mississippi River.

The colony's privy council on June 9, 1732. Oglethorpe envisioned a colony which would serve as a haven for debtors. General Oglethorpe imposed very strict laws that many colonists disagreed with, such as the banning of alcohol. Oglethorpe disagreed with slavery and thought a system of smallholdings more appropriate than the large plantations common in the colonies to the north. However, land grants were not as large as most colonists would have preferred. Oglethorpe envisioned the province as a location for the resettlement of English debtors and "the worthy poor". Another motivation for the founding of the colony was as a "buffer state" (border), or "garrison province" that would defend the southern part of the British colonies from Spanish Florida. Oglethorpe imagined a province populated by "sturdy farmers" that could guard the border; because of this, the colony's charter prohibited slavery.

Contents

  • Foundation 1
  • Development 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6

Foundation

Oglethorpe, accompanied by the second settlers, arrived on February 13, 1732, at debtors. However, this purpose was never fulfilled and 240 men, women, and children were selected to become the original colonists.

The original charter specified the colony as being between the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers, up to their headwaters (the headwaters of the Altamaha are on the Ocmulgee River), and then extending westward "sea to sea." The area within the charter had previously been part of the original grant of the Province of Carolina, which was closely linked to Georgia.

Development

Savannah, Georgia colony, early 18th century

The crown colony.

From 1732 until 1758, the minor civil divisions were districts and towns. In 1758, the Province of Georgia was divided into eight parishes, and another four parishes were partitioned in 1765; in 1777, the original eight State of Georgia were created.

In practice, settlement in the colony was limited to the near vicinity of the Savannah River. The western area of the colony remained under the control of the Creek Indian Confederation until after the American Revolutionary War.

In the beginning, the colony had a sluggish start. James Oglethorpe did not allow liquor, and colonists who came at the trustees' expense were not allowed to own more than 50 acres (0.20 km2) of land for their farm in addition to a 60 foot by 90 foot plot in town. Those who paid their own way could bring 10 indentured servants and would receive 500 acres of land. Additional land could neither be acquired nor sold.[1]

Discontent grew in the colony because of these restrictions, and so Oglethorpe lifted them. With slavery, liquor, and land acquisition the colony improved much faster. Slavery had been permitted from 1749.[2] There was some internal opposition, particularly from Scottish settlers,[3] but by the time of the War of Independence, Georgia was much like the rest of the South.

On April 24, 1802, Georgia ceded to Congress parts of its western territories. These became the Mississippi Territory and later (with other adjoining lands) the states of Alabama and Mississippi.

See also

Part of a series on the
State of Georgia
History of the
Timeline of Georgia (U.S. state)
  • Pre-Columbian
  • European Exploration
  • Colonial Georgia
  • American Revolution
  • Antebellum Period
  • American Civil War
  • Reconstruction
  • Postbellum Economic Growth
  • Agrarian Unrest and Disfranchisement
  • Progressive Era
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Sun Belt growth and the New Right
Georgia (U.S. state) portal

References

  1. ^ Force, Peter. "Tracts and other papers relating principally to the origin, settlement, and progress of the colonies in North America from the discovery of the country to the year 1776." (Web). American Memory. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ Wikisource: Petition against the Introduction of Slavery

Further reading

  • Coleman, Kenneth (1976). Colonial Georgia: A History. Scribner.  
  • Hawke, David F. (1966). The Colonial Experience. Bobbs-Merrill Company.  

External links

  • LOC: Establishing the Georgia Colony 1732–1750
  • Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia: Georgia History
  • Sir John Percival papers, also called: The Egmont Papers, 1732–1745. University of Georgia Hargrett Library.
  • Diary of Viscount Percival afterwards first Earl of Egmont. University of Georgia Hargrett Library.
  • Charter of Georgia from the Avalon Project
  • Royal Charter for the Colony of Georgia, 09 June 1732 from the collection of the Georgia Archives.
  • Original Grantees of the Colony of Georgia, 21 December 1733 from the collection of the Georgia Archives.

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