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This Day in Georgia History

November 17, 1732

First Georgia Colonists Set Sail

After repeated delays, the frigate Anne set sail from Gravesend down the Thames River into the Straits of Dover, then southward into the English Channel, and then westward along the southern coast of England before embarking into the Atlantic Ocean. At last, James Oglethorpe and the 114 colonists being sent at Trustees’ expense were on their way to build the first settlement in the new colony of Georgia. Also on board, as reported by Gentleman’s Magazine, were “10 tons of Alderman Parson’s best beer … for the service of the colony.”