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In Their Own Words

June 01, 1735

Early Description of Savannah

From Georgia, Francis Piercy wrote to Mr. Forester in England:

“Trading and planting goes on very fast, and the town of Savannah is so large, that from forty houses there are now almost four hundred, besides huts, for the town is a mile long and so much wide and it is almost built. There is a great deal of silk made and the name of it fills the colony so full that if it goes on so for seven years it will be the largest city or town in all the continent of America.”

Source: Mills Lane (ed.), General Oglethorpe’s Georgia: Colonial Letters, 1733-1743 (Savannah, Beehive Press, 1990), p. 180.