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This Day in Georgia History

July 05, 1742

Spanish Invasion of Georgia Began

Manuel de Montiano, governor of Spanish Florida, used an incoming tide to sail his flotilla of 36 ships and 2,000 men past Fort St. Simon on the southern tip of St. Simons Island into the safety of the harbor out of reach of British cannons. Realizing the fort has been outflanked, James Oglethorpe ordered his troops to spike the cannons. At midnight, they lowered the British flag and retreated under cover of darkness to Fort Frederica. The long-feared Spanish invasion of Georgia was now underway.