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This Day in Georgia History

March 29, 1737

Frederica Abandonment Considered

After learning that Parliament had granted the Georgia Trustees only £10,000 for the coming year - which was half of what they had requested as essential - the disappointed Trustees decided to write James Oglethorpe to abandon his Frederica settlement and instead settle the colonists on the Ogeechee River or at Savannah. Concern about a Spanish invasion, however, convinced the Trustees to leave the colonists at Frederica. In time, Fort Frederica would become Britain’s largest fortification in the thirteen American colonies.