State Historical Marker
Located inside Georgia Veterans State Park
off U.S. 280 in eastern Crisp County, Ga.
Early in 1702 Joseph de Zuñiga,
Spanish Governor of Florida, and Pierre le Moyne Iberville, French
founder of Louisiana, made plans to check steadily increasing
English trade with the Indian tribes in the interior, and perhaps
to drive them out of the Southeast. To accomplish this, they
agreed to an expedition against the English and their allies,
the Creek Indians, in the Carolina territory which is now Georgia.
In August, Governor Zuñiga
sent a force northward of more than 800 Spaniards and Apalaches
commanded by Captian Francisco Romo de Uriza. Forewarned by the
Indians, Anthony Dodsworth and other traders at Coweat (near
present Columbus), marshalled about 500 Creek warriors, lured
the invaders into an ambush on the Flint River near here and
An outstanding authority on
Southern frontier history, Dr. Verner W. Crane, said that this
battle, "the prelude to Queen Anne's War on the Souther
frontier," was in effect "the firs blow struck by the
English for the control of the Mississippi Valley."
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