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This Day in Georgia History

July 15, 1742

Spanish Sailed from Georgia, Tailed by Oglethorpe

The Cuban contingent of Gov. Manuel de Montiano’s Spanish invasion force sailed from St. Simons Sound to return to Cuba. Montiano and his St. Augustine contingent sailed southward from the sound and went ashore on Jekyll Island, where they burned the plantation of Capt. William Horton. Then they sailed southward to Cumberland Island. By boat, James Oglethorpe and a small force pursued the retreating Spanish ships at a distance, but they made no effort to initiate an attack.