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This Day in Georgia History

March 10, 1734

Salzburgers Reach Savannah River

To view a book on the Salzburgers in Georgia, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Salzburgers were persecuted German Protestants forced to flee their home in Salzburg, an independent church-state governed by a Catholic archbishop located in what today is Austria. Georgia’s Trustees had agreed to send a group of the Salzburgers to Georgia, and Baron Philipp Georg Friedrich von Reck personally escorted the first transport of Lutheran emigrants. On March 7, they had arrived in Charles Town, S.C., where they were met by James Oglethorpe. They sailed south on March 9 and reached the mouth of the Savannah River on March 10.