Province of Georgia
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|Province of Georgia|
A map of the Province of Georgia, 1732–1777
|Status||Colony (Kingdom of Great Britain)|
|Legislature||Commons House of Assembly (lower)|
General Assembly (upper)
|Today part of|| |
The Province of Georgia (also Georgia Colony) was one of the
Oglethorpe envisioned a colony which would serve as a haven for English subjects who had been
Another reason for the founding of the colony was as a "
Although many believe that the colony was formed for the imprisoned, the colony was actually formed as a place of no slavery and respect to Native Americans. Oglethorpe did have the vision to make it a place for debtors, but it transformed into a royal colony. The following is an historical accounting of these first English settlers sent to Georgia:
A committee was appointed to visit the jails and obtain the discharge of such poor prisoners as were worthy, carefully investigating character, circumstances and antecedents.
Thirty-five families, numbering one hundred and twenty persons, were selected.
On the 16th of November, 1732, the emigrants embarked at Gravesend on the ship Anne ... arriving January 13th  in the harbor of Charleston, S. C. ...
They set sail the day following ... into Port Royal, some eighty miles southward, to be conveyed in small vessels to the river Savannah.
Oglethorpe continued up the river to scout a location suitable for settlement. On February 12, 1733, Oglethorpe led the settlers to their arrival at
The original charter specified the colony as being between the