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This Day in Georgia History

March 05, 1735

Oglethorpe Presented Budget to Trustees

In London, James Oglethorpe met with the other Trustees and presented his proposed budget and military plan for Georgia. He argued that Georgia could no longer survive based on charity but needed a 25,800 pound appropriation from Parliament. With this sum, Oglethorpe proposed defending Georgia against a Spanish land invasion by building a chain of 20 forts along the Altamaha River. Two forts would have 80 defenders each, while 18 smaller forts would each have 40 soldiers.

To view a publication on James Oglethorpe, see the Digital Library of Georgia.