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In Their Own Words

February 06, 1736

New Colonists Found Water

Francis Moore came to Georgia in 1736, keeping a journal of the voyage and settling in Georgia. James Oglethorpe, who had returned to England, was also on board for this trip back to Georgia. Soon after landing, Oglethorpe left for Savannah, while the new colonist got to work:

“…Mr. Oglethorpe set out for Savannah; but he first carried the People on shore upon Peeper Island, and shew’d them where to dig a Well, which they did, and found Plenty of fresh Water. He was received at Savannah by the Freeholders under Arms, and under the Salute of 21 Cannons, which we heard plainly, being about ten Miles distance. After Mr. Oglethorpe was gone to Savannah, most of the Colony went ashore upon Peeper Island, where I found an Eagle’s Nest on a Fir-tree; we cut it down, and found an Egg in it, in which was a young Eagle. In the Evening the People found another Spring, and also a Pond of fresh Water, which they used for washing their Linen. …”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 93.