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In Their Own Words

December 29, 1737

German Indentured Servants Arrived in Savannah

An important source of labor for Georgia colonists were emigrants from various European countries who agreed to serve as indentured servants in return for the Trustees providing for the cost of their transportation to Georgia. In his journal, Salzburger minister Johann Martin Boltzius noted the arrival of one such group from Germany:

“A few days ago a boat full of Germans from the Palatinate [a region of Germany stretching from Heidelberg to the French border] came to Savannah, the passage for whom was provided by the Honorable Trustees, in return for which these people and their children are bound to work as servants for a number of years… .

“In the coming week, Mr. Causton desires to speak to these people through my offices, so as to offer some proposals as to how their children, of whom there are many among them, should attend school while pursuing their work… .”

Source: George Fenwick Jones and Renate Wilson, Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America … Edited by Samuel Urlsperger, Volume Four, 1737 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1976), p. 227.