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In Their Own Words

March 16, 1734

Search for Salzburger Settlement Continued

Continuing the search for a place to settle the first group of Salzburgers, Baron von Reck described the land he and James Oglethorpe traversed:

“…If you ask, how a Country that is covered with Wood, and cut with Rivers and Morasses, is passable; I must acquaint you, that since the colony was settled, the Ways were marked by Barking of the Trees, to shew where the Roads should go, and where the Rivers were passable. After passing through a Morass covered with Canes, we came to an unfordable River, through which the Indians swam our Horses, and we crossed over upon a great Tree, cut down for that purpose: The Tree was cut down so as to lie across the River, and serve for a Bridge. And after riding some Leagues in the Woods, we passed another River. Night overtaking us, we were obliged to take up our Quarters upon a little Hill, round a Fire with the Indians, who brought us a wild Turkey for our supper.”

Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), pp. 48-49.