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In Their Own Words

March 10, 1734

Salzburgers’ First Sight of Georgia Recorded

Escorting the Salzburger emigrants to Georgia, Baron von Reck recorded their first siting of their new homeland from the mouth of the Savannah River:

“Mar. 10. God blessed us this Day with the Sight of our Country, our wish’d-for Georgia, which we saw at ten in the Morning; and brought us unto the Savannah River, and caused us to remember the Vows we had made unto him, if He did through his infinite goodness bring us hither… . At Noon, we cast Anchor because of the Tide: at eight, during the Evening Prayers, we enter’d the River of Savannah; and were shelter’d by the Divine Goodness, from all Dangers and Inconveniences of the Sea. This River is in some Places broader than the Rhine, and from 16 to 25 foot deep; and abounds with Oysters, Sturgeon, and other Fish. Its Banks were cloathed with fresh Grass; resounding with the Musick of Birds, who sung the praise of their Creator.”

Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 46.