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In Their Own Words

September 16, 1739

Travel from Fort to Fort Recorded

Georgia colonist Patrick Mackay accompanied James Oglethorpe on his important visit to the Creek Nation. On this day, after a four-day rest at Fort Augusta, Mackay recorded in his journal of their departure:

“September 16th the General set out from Fort Augusta and about seven or eight miles from thence we stopped at a fort belonging to Carolina, which saluted the General with fifteen guns. The General stayed and dined there. This fort is situate[d] on a hill and commands two rivers. Near the fort are about one hundred houses.”

Source: Ed Cashin, Setting Out to Begin a New World: Colonial Georgia (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1995), p. 83.