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This Day in Georgia History

April 27, 1751

Trustees Appointed Committee to Prepare to Surrender Charter

In London, Georgia’s Trustees appointed a committee to make preparations to surrender the charter of the colony so that Georgia would be taken over by the British government and be operated as a royal colony. The action came two years before the charter’s original expiration date of June 9, 1753, and was motivated by inadequate funding from the British government and a fear that if they waited two more years, Georgia would be annexed to South Carolina.