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In Their Own Words

September 21, 1736

Spanish Complaints About Georgia Recorded

In London, the Earl of Egmont recorded Spain’s continuing anger over the colony of Georgia:

“Monsr. Giraldini the Spanish Minister at London wrote a letter to the Duke of Newcastle Secy. of State fill’d with false complaints agst. our Province, the Substance of which was, that Our people had attack’d a Fortress Situated on the Territories of his Master, 8 leagues distant from St. Augustine the 3d of March last and Kill’d a Spanish Soldier in the taking it. That afterwards they built a Fort on his Masters Territories, in Florida 25 leagues to the North of St. Augustine at the Entrance of the River St. Simons and garrison’d it, altho the Inhabitants of Carolina who had built a fort in the Same place, caused it to be demolished by order of the Court of England, at the request of that of Spain… .

“That the Colony of Carolina being Situated in 32 degrees of Latitude, and 294 1/2 of Longitude, and the Colony of Georgia being to the Southward of the other, Georgia is without dispute on the Territories of the King his Master. And even the former according to the Treaty of Peace in 1670, by the 7th Article of which, the Limits were Settled precisely for the Said Province and that of Florida at 33 degrees of Latitude and 339 degrees of Longitude and 30 minutes, Tho the Town call’d Carolina (he meant Charlestown) was tolerated, because it was built before the making of Said Treaty… .The king his Master hoped the Inhabitants of Georgia should be punish’d, that due observance should be paid to the limits that had been Settled between both Crowns, and that the Forts built on the Territories and demarcations of Florida, Should be immediately demolish’d.”

Source: Robert G. McPherson, The Journal of The Earl of Egmont: Abstract of the Trustees Proceedings for Establishing the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1738 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1962), pp. 202-203.