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In Their Own Words

February 11, 1736

Salzburgers Allowed to Move

Although the Salzburgers were originally pleased with the site of their settlement in colonial Georgia - which they called Ebenezer - they soon discovered the soil to be poor, the land swampy, and that is was located too far from the Savannah River. So they requested permission to move to a site where the Ebenezer Creek joined the Savannah River - a place they would call New Ebenenzer. In his journal, Francis Moore recorded that James Oglethorpe had reluctantly granted them permission to move:

“…Mr. Oglethorpe return’d from Ebenezer to Savannah…. I heard that he had given Leave to the Saltzburgers to remove from Old Ebenezer to a Place call’d the Red Bluff, upon the River Savannah. Some People had infused such Notions into them, that they were obstinately resolv’d to quit Old Ebenezer, where they had very good Houses ready built, a pleasnat situation, a fine Range for Cattle, and a good deal of Ground clear’d. Mr. Oglethorpe in vain advised them against the Change, and told them, that Sickness would naturally follow the clearing a new Town; but they insisting, he granted their Request. …”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 104.