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In Their Own Words

March 14, 1734

Baron von Reck Attempted to Visit Settlement Site

Baron Georg Philipp Friedrich von Reck was one of the leaders of the Salzburgers who emigrated to Georgia in the colonial period, and he kept a journal of their voyage and settlement. On this day he recorded his first - unsuccessful - attempt to visit the site chosen for their settlement:

“…Mr. Oglethorpe had given Orders for three Horses to be ready for my Service, to take a View of the Country, and to ride to the Place where the Saltzburgers were to settle. I went this Morning at nine of the Clock, with a Constable and a Guide; but after we had gone a Mile or two, we enter’d some thick Woods, divided by deep Brooks of Water; and though we could with great Difficulty pass over some, yet there were others we could not pass; wherefore we returned back to the Town.”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), pp. 47-48.