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This Day in Georgia History

July 11, 1742

Spanish Attempted to Attack Fort Frederica

Three Spanish ships sailed up the Frederica River on the back side of St. Simons Island looking for a location to land troops to launch a land and river attack on Fort Frederica, which guarded the river. James Oglethorpe’s forces opened fire, forcing the ships to retreat back down the river. This marked the last Spanish offensive against the fort, the island, and Georgia.

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Source: Carl Vinson Institute of Government