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In Their Own Words

March 07, 1734

Site Chosen for Salzburger Settlement

Baron Georg Philipp Friedrich von Reck was one of the leaders of the Salzburgers who emigrated to Georgia in the colonial period, and he kept a journal of their voyage and settlement. On this day he recorded meeting Georgia’s founder and selecting a place for the group to settle; it would not be as favorable as it appeared:

“…Mr. Oglethorpe shewed me a plan of Georgia, and gave me the Liberty to choose a Settlement for the Salzburgers, either near the Sea, or further in the Continent. I accordingly accepted his Favour, and chose a Place 21 Miles from the Town of Savannah, and 30 Miles from the Sea, where there are Rivers, little Hills, clear Brooks, cool Springs, a fertile Soil, and plenty of Grass. …”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 45.