If I Could Turn Back Time…

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.


  1. Ed says:

    “Some interesting facts”

    Shows how much you know. None were interesting.

    Also, a more palatable reference for a title could have been “Its funny how time slips away…” Could have linked to this Willie Nelson gem:

    • DavidTC says:

      Yeah, this seems wrong. The only logical interpretation of that I can make is that it’s Feb 1 Julian, Feb 12 Gregorian.

      And as we use Gregorian, it’s not for 11 days.

      Right now, under the Julian calendar, it’s only January 20 or even early. (The Julian calendar lost days because it had exactly one leap year every four years, instead of our weird rules about not doing on multiples of 100 unless they’re multiples of 400 to make it come out right. So they would have had, if I’m doing the math right, two additional leap days, in 1800 and 1900, making them think it was only January 18.)

  2. Noway says:

    If I could turn back time? Hmmmmm…Sounds like a Cher song circa 1989. Check out that video! Pretty risque for it’s day!!

  3. Sherena Arrington says:

    Due to Georgia’s establishment as a debtors’ colony, it was the only colony allowed to ban slavery. Though several of the other colonies sought to end slavery, their requests were denied. Slavery and the slave trade were practices supported by official British policies. Colonial governors were instructed to assent to no laws that obstructed or prohibited the importation of slaves. Sadly, Georgia’s experiment did not last long. Not long after Oglethorpe left, those left in charge decided to embrace slavery because Georgia apparently wanted to “prosper” like the other colonies and thus adopted the wicked practice. As Scripture warns, money is often the root of all kinds of evil. Just think how history may have been different if Georgia had stayed the course.

    • USA1 says:

      Oh, Sherena, if only, if only.

      If I could turn back time I would make sure Georgia imported no slaves. No slaves = no blacks.

      My, how much better things would be without blacks around.

  4. TheEiger says:

    So this is a very big coquensidence or Ed has been listening to the same boring radio station as me in the morning. This story ran verbatim on Thursday or Friday of this past week. The only thing you left out was that he was a military man that fought the Spanish many times to keep Georgia from falling into the hands of the Spanish in Florida.

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