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In Their Own Words

April 19, 1734

Salzburgers Worked Hard, Surprised English

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. This day’s entry showed how hard they were working - and how much it surprised the English settlers:

“…This Day the Satlzburgers finished the Way for Carriages; which surprized the English mightily, to see they had compassed it in so short a Time; having built seven Bridges over several Rivers, besides cutting the Thickets and Trees that were in the Way; and this for the Length of 12 Miles, from Abercorn to Ebenezer. …”

Source: Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), p. 52.