280 years ago today(!), James Oglethorpe and his band of 114 merry men landed on Yamacraw Bluff, just 11 days before he founded the Colony of Georgia.
Some interesting facts about Oglethorpe and Georgia’s early history…
- Catholics were banned from the Colony.
- As was slavery. An act of Parliament in Britain made Georgia the only British colony that eschewed plantation-based economies. Oglethorpe feared it would lead to vice and not instill the hard working spirit he wanted in Georgia’s founders.
- He was also a bit of a communist. He limited how much land each founder could have, also fearing too much land would lead to vice.
- There were few qualms about legislation controlling what people could and could not do–all in the name of preventing vice, of course.
- Georgia’s original land grant extended to the Pacific Ocean.
If you are so inclined, you can read the text of the state marker for the landing here.