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This Day in Georgia History

July 11, 1733

Jewish Immigrants Arrived in Savannah

A shipload of forty-two Jewish immigrants from Europe arrived at the new settlement of Savannah hoping to join the English colonists that had arrived five months earlier. Against Trustee policy, James Oglethorpe allowed the Jewish immigrants to land - due in part to the fact that among the new colonists was Dr. Samuel Nunes. The colony’s only doctor had died earlier, so the need for a physician overrode Trustee reluctance to allow Jewish colonists.