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This Day in Georgia History

February 13, 1730

Oglethorpe Revealed Colony Plans to Percival

In London, James Oglethorpe unveiled his plan for creating a charitable colony for poor debtors released from prison to Sir John Percival, a fellow member of the House of Commons who had served on his Gaols [Jails] Committee. At this point, Oglethorpe expected that the proposed colony would be located in the West Indies. Percival embraced the idea and quickly became a key figure in what would become the Georgia movement.