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In Their Own Words

November 17, 1732

Colonists Set Sail

The first Georgia colonists set sail from England on this day; Peter Gordon recorded their departure in his journal:

“Friday November the 17th, about eight in the morning we sail’d from Gravesend, on board the shipp Ann, Captain Thomas, Commander, bound for South Carolina, having on board 41 men, 27 women, and 28 children. …

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 7.