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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Hard Times in Georgia

James Edward Oglethorpe was no small item in colonizing Georgia. He spent 15 years in the colony, never slept in a bed, and handled every facet of colonization.  He was from Godalmington, England and held a seat in Parliament.  Actually, he was born 1696 in London, the tenth child of Theophilus and Eleanor Oglethorpe where the family resided during the winter. He became interested in prison reform and joined with 21 investors (trustees) to raise silk in America. No one worked harder than Oglethorpe to acquire colonists, even to the extent of visiting the Wesley family of seven sons and convincing Mrs. Wesley to send two of her sons to the colony.  He won the land war in America against the Spanish for which he received no personal acclaim when he returned to England. Of course the silk industry failed in Georgia, mostly because the settlers had issues with flooding, drought, fevers, and mosquitoes.

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