Have you ever owed someone money, or a favor, and not known how you were going to pay them back? Then you might be able to relate to the feelings of the first settlers in what is now Georgia. Back in 1732,
Now Mr. Oglethorpe had some pretty strict ideas about the rules for his new colony. They were:
1. No rum, brandy or spirits - but wine and beer were allowed.
2. No lawyers allowed.
3. No black slaves or negroes.
4. No Catholics.
In his mind, these rules were essential for Georgia's success. So, on February 12, 1733, the lucky colonists - 114 of them - landed in Georgia, eager to start their new lives.
After that, everything was going pretty well for the colonists in Georgia. The colonists' relations with the Native Americans started out peacefully. The colonists learned religious tolerance, largely from their experience with the Jewish doctor who helped to save the colonists. The early colonists were not allowed to own more than 500 acres of land, so that everyone would remain more or less equal.
What started out as an "experiment" in equal and fair living quickly turned into a "get rich quick" scheme that outlasted Oglethorpe and the original colonists. We can only wonder what Savannah may have looked like today, had Oglethorpe's vision been allowed to succeed.
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