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This Day in Georgia History

October 30, 1629

Carolina Charter Granted

England’s King Charles I granted a charter to his attorney general, Sir Robert Heath, for land south of Virginia to create a new colony in America. The boundaries of the new colony would lie between the 31st and 36th parallel of latitude - an area that includes much of present-day Georgia. Named Carolana (from the Latin version of Charles - “Carolus”), the new colony never materialized and Heath sold his interest in the colony. Interestingly, legal rights resulting from this sale would later give Lord Carteret claim to one-eighth of the land granted to the Georgia Trustees in 1732.

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Source: Ed Jackson