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In Their Own Words

March 13, 1734

Baron von Reck Met Tomochichi

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 the native American who had befriended the Georgia colonists:

“…I went to see the Indians, and their King Tomo-cha-chi: I caused some Raisins, of which they are very fond, to be distributed amongst them. It is worth taking Notice of, that as we were at Evening Prayers, after our return from the Indians, who have their Huts at 100 Paces distant from the Town, one of the Saltzburgers should tell us, that he was edified to Day by this Passage of St. John, that God loved all the World.”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 47.