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This Day in Georgia History

May 08, 1740

Oglethorpe and Soldiers Landed in Florida

James Oglethorpe’s force of 600 soldiers, rangers, volunteers, and Indians landed on the southern bank of the St. Johns River. There was no turning back as the invasion of Florida was now clearly on Spanish soil. Oglethorpe’s goal was to take the Castillo de San Marcos - the massive Spanish fortress - at St. Augustine.