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December 0, 1740 Samuel Elbert born, Savannah, Georgia
  Savannah, Georgia births and deaths
  Samuel Elbert
December 0, 1740 Richard Howley born, St. John's Parish
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
January 11, 1740 Oglethorpe and his raiding party returns to Fort Frederica. He had entered the St. John's River and burned Fort Picolata. Then his men quickly captured Fort St. Francis de Pupa (variously spelled as St. Francis de Papa and San Francisco de Pupo), just over 20 miles from St. Augustine. He stations the Highland Rangers at Fort St. Francis de Pupa, under the command of Hugh MacKaye, Jr., and leaves an armed sloop.
February 12, 1740 Governor of Spanish Florida, Manuel de Montiano writes to Cuba requesting help in preventing a siege of St. Augustine
March 25, 1740 George Whitefield "laid the foundation" for Bethesda Orphanage
  George Whitefield
May 10, 1740 Oglethorpe, confident after his successful raid earlier in the year, begins a move on Fort St. Diego.
  James Oglethorpe
May 12, 1740 Fort St. Diego surrenders to 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
November 0, 1740 Stephen Heard born, Hanover County, Virginia
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