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James Oglethorpe
December 22, 1696 James Oglethorpe born, Godalming, County Surrey, England
  James Oglethorpe
October 3, 1732 Selection is complete. 114 settlers (they did not count the preacher or the doctor) have been chosen to be the first to journey to Georgia
  James Oglethorpe
January 13, 1733 The Ann arrives in Charleston with James Oglethorpe, a doctor, a pastor and 114 colonists
  James Oglethorpe
January 14, 1733 The Ann sets sail for Port Royal with Oglethorpe and the colonists
  James Oglethorpe
January 19, 1733 Oglethorpe, along with the settlers, set sail for Beaufort, South Carolina
  James Oglethorpe
January 20, 1733 The Ann arrives in Beaufort, South Carolina
  James Oglethorpe
January 21, 1733 Oglethorpe, Peter Gordon, Colonel William Bull, Jonathan Bryan and others set sail to find a site to settle south of the Savannah River.
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  James Oglethorpe
January 29, 1733 Sailing from Beaufort on six smaller boats, the settlers head for the site on the Savannah River selected by Oglethorpe
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  James Oglethorpe
January 30, 1733 After a storm forces them to land in South Carolina, colonists once again set sail for Oglethorpe's site.
  James Oglethorpe
February 1, 1733 Oglethorpe and the settlers land on the site of present-day Savannah. They meet John and Mary Musgrove, who trade with nearby Indians Georgia celebrates February 12 as her founding because of the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar in 1752.
  James Oglethorpe
May 14, 1733 The James arrives in Savannah with supplies, store and people for the colony
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  James Oglethorpe
June 9, 1733 Oglethorpe returns to Charleston to thank the colony for its kindness
  James Oglethorpe
July 7, 1733 Oglethorpe organizes the administration of Georgia
  James Oglethorpe
  Oglethorpe organizes an administration in the state of Georgia
October 18, 1733 Treaty between the Creek and Oglethorpe ratified by the Trustees
  Creek Indians
  James Oglethorpe
December 21, 1733 First land allotment takes effect. Although the land had been designated in July, the deeds were not executed until this date. Included in the designation are recently arrived Jewish Colonists.
  James Oglethorpe
January 23, 1734 James Oglethorpe, Captain Ferguson and 16 men head out to explore the coast and name various geographic features
  James Oglethorpe
January 27, 1734 Heading South along the coast, Oglethorpe stops at St. Simon's Island, where he spends the night. It is during his stay on the island the Oglethorpe decides to build Fort St. Simon, Fort Frederica and New Inverness
  Fort Frederica
  James Oglethorpe
January 28, 1734 Oglethorpe names Jekyll Island in honor of his friend Sir Joseph Jekyll
  James Oglethorpe
March 3, 1734 James Vernon meets with the Earl of Egmont and expresses displeasure with Oglethorpe in the New World. This is the first in a long string of criticism hurled at Georgia's founding father
  James Oglethorpe
March 27, 1734 Oglethorpe arrives in Charleston on the first leg of a trip that will take him to England. With him are Tomochichi and other Indians
  Tomochichi's trip to England
  James Oglethorpe
April 7, 1734 James Oglethorpe leaves for England on the Aldbourough
  Tomochichi's trip to England
  James Oglethorpe
August 1, 1734 The King of England receives Tomochichi, his wife and son and other Indians at his palace in Kensington
  Tomochichi's trip to England
  James Oglethorpe
December 27, 1734 The ship Prince of Wales arrives in Savannah. On board are James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, Toonahowie, and others who visited England, and Salzburgers who are moving to Georgia. The Salzburgers are directed by Oglethorpe to Ebenezer.
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  James Oglethorpe
  Tomochichi's trip to England
  Salzburgers in Georgia
May 3, 1735 Governor Robert Johnson of South Carolina dies. The British government offers to give the position to Oglethorpe, who refuses it
  James Oglethorpe
February 5, 1736 Symond and London Merchant arrive at Tybee Roads. Among the passengers are Charles and John Wesley
  James Oglethorpe
  The Wesleys in Georgia
February 18, 1736 Oglethorpe arrives at St. Simon
  James Oglethorpe
February 19, 1736 Oglethorpe begins work on the fort that will anchor the town of Frederica
  Fort Frederica
  James Oglethorpe
February 22, 1736 Oglethorpe crosses the bay from Frederica to Darien and visits the Highlanders in New Inverness. He approves the construction of a fort on the site of Fort King George and the name of the fort (Fort Darien). He allots land to the male heads of households for farming and lays out a city.
  Fort Frederica
  James Oglethorpe
March 18, 1736 Oglethorpe heads south from Fort Frederica (St. Simons Island) to continue scouting the coast of Spanish-controlled Florida
  Fort Frederica
  James Oglethorpe
March 23, 1736 Battery of cannon are mounted at Fort Frederica
  Fort Frederica
  James Oglethorpe
  Fort Frederica
June 14, 1736 Oglethorpe orders Noble Jones to survey Augusta.
  James Oglethorpe
  City of Augusta, Georgia
September 10, 1736 Responding to the threat of Spanish troops, General Oglethorpe writes his friend, Sir Joseph Jekyll, and mentions that Spain has 1,500 regulars in St. Augustine while there is only militia in Georgia
  James Oglethorpe
November 29, 1736 Oglethorpe returns to England to petition the crown for money to defend Georgia
  James Oglethorpe
May 8, 1738 King George the Second instructs James Oglethorpe to learn and report the designs of the Spanish in Florida
  James Oglethorpe
June 15, 1738 Oglethorpe reports that the Spanish are attempting to bribe the Creek Nation to attack the Georgia colony
  Creek Indians
  James Oglethorpe
October 10, 1738 Oglethorpe returns to Savannah from Frederica
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Fort Frederica
  James Oglethorpe
October 19, 1738 In a letter to the Trustees, Oglethorpe accuses Thomas Causton, former magistrate of Savannah, of "squandering the resources of the colony," and continues to state "If this had not happened the Colony...[would be] in a flourishing condition"
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  James Oglethorpe
October 25, 1738 Oglethorpe sets sail for Fort Frederica
  Fort Frederica
  James Oglethorpe
April 3, 1739 Facing the certainty of war, General James Oglethorpe presents his credentials to the South Carolina legislature, placing him as Commander-in-Chief of English forces in Carolina and Georgia
  James Oglethorpe
July 17, 1739 Oglethorpe starts a journey to the Creek capitol of Coweta, accompanied by Lieutenant Dunbar, Ensign Leman and Cadet Erye. They left Savannah, headed to Uchee Town, north of Ebenezer, then headed west along the old Creek Trading Path.
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Creek Indians
  James Oglethorpe
August 11, 1739 Creek Indians greet General Oglethorpe at a "great council"
  James Oglethorpe
August 21, 1739 Creeks confirm their cession of land to Georgia in a second treaty
  James Oglethorpe
  Treaty of Coweta
  Creek Indians
October 5, 1739 Chief Tomochichi dies
  James Oglethorpe
November 5, 1739 In preparation for war, Oglethorpe returns to Frederica
  Fort Frederica
  James Oglethorpe
November 15, 1739 A party of Spanish regulars land on Amelia Island and conceal themselves in the woods. The following day they kill two of MacKaye's Highlanders
  James Oglethorpe
January 1, 1740 At the head of a fleet that included some 15 boats and 200 men, General Oglethorpe decides to raid two Spanish forts in response to an earlier attack by the Spanish on Amelia Island. The raiding party is a combined force of Highland Rangers, soldiers from Fort Frederica, and Creek, Chickasaw, and Uchee Indians.
  James Oglethorpe
  Creek Indians
May 10, 1740 Oglethorpe, confident after his successful raid earlier in the year, begins a move on Fort St. Diego.
  James Oglethorpe
May 17, 1740 Oglethorpe is joined by Capt. McIntosh and a company of Highlanders and some Carolina troops
  James Oglethorpe
June 5, 1740 Oglethorpe prepares to attack St. Augustine, but Spanish defense proves difficult. Oglethorpe decides to invest the town
  James Oglethorpe
June 13, 1740 Oglethorpe begins to lay siege to St. Augustine
  James Oglethorpe
July 4, 1740 With a large force of Spanish regulars to his rear (they had come from Havana), General Oglethorpe decides to withdraw from St. Augustine.
  James Oglethorpe
July 20, 1740 Oglethorpe completes his withdrawal from St. Augustine
  James Oglethorpe
April 15, 1741 The Trustees divide Georgia into two counties, Savannah, with William Stephens as executive and Frederica, with James Oglethorpe as executive
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Fort Frederica
  James Oglethorpe
May 12, 1741 Oglethorpe reports a contingent of 800 Spanish regulars arriving at St. Augustine
  James Oglethorpe
February 13, 1743 Oglethorpe promoted to Brigadier General
  James Oglethorpe
July 22, 1743 Oglethorpe returns to England
  James Oglethorpe
September 15, 1744 Oglethorpe marries Lady Elizabeth Wright
  James Oglethorpe
June 1, 1785 Oglethorpe meets John Adams, first minister to the Court of St. James
  James Oglethorpe
June 30, 1785 James Oglethorpe dies, Cranham Hall, County Essex, England
  James Oglethorpe
December 19, 1793 Oglethorpe County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  James Oglethorpe
  Oglethorpe County, Georgia
February 6, 2003 James Oglethorpe statue on Augusta Common dedicated
  James Oglethorpe






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