By Sam Burnham
It is Georgia Day! Happy 284th birthday to the Peach State!
On this date in 1733, James Oglethorpe and 114 colonists landed at Yamacraw Bluff (modern day River Street in Savannah) and officially established the colony that had been granted a charter by King George II the previous year. The colony of Georgia waste tout to be different than its predecessors. It was to be a colony that offered a new start to persecuted and indebted people. The colony did not permit slavery and did not issue large tracts of property. It was intended to be a home more for smaller operations,more of what we would describe as a middle class society.
Other Southern colonies had been dedicated to establishing a gentry of large landowners who used slavelabor to produce resources en masse. Georgia was planned to be different.
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