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This Day in Georgia History

February 09, 1733

Colonists Armed and Savannah Surveyed

In the new colony of Georgia, each able-bodied adult male was issued a musket, bayonet, cartridge box, and belt to defend himself, his family, and the colony. Also on this day, Col. William Bull (who had traveled down from South Carolina with four laborers) helped James Oglethorpe lay out the first town square, streets, and forty town lots where the colonists houses would be built. Also on this day, work began on the first clapboard house. Oglethorpe’s town plan followed a scheme then popular in London of adjacent houses facing a public square.