The Georgia Colony


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Georgia along with the 12 other colonies



The Georgia Colony was founded on February 12, 1773.

The first settlement was Yamacraw Bluff which is now present-day Savannah, GA. The current capital of Georgia is now Atlanta.

James Oglethorpe and 116 other men, women,and children helped found the
colony.
Georgia Flag
Georgia Flag



The colony of Georgia was founded to provide a refugee for persecuted protestants and it was a buffer for the other colonies and Spanish Florida. Georgia was also most commonly known as the debtor's colony.

James Oglethorpe was the major founder of the colony and was born Dec. 22, 1696. He was a prison reformer, member of parliament, and chosen as governor. He established the first Masonic lodge within the Georgia colony. Oglethorpe and his trustees were granted a Royal Charter for the Province of GA.

James Oglethorpe
James Oglethorpe



Charter for the Georgia Colony
Charter for the Georgia Colony

Georgia is a royal colony, meaning the governor was appointed by the king.

Georgia and majority of the other colonies major economic activity was general farming. This included cash crops such as tobacco and rice.