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In Their Own Words

June 13, 1738

Heat and Drought in Colonial Georgia

Settlers in early colonial Georgia faced many problems, not the least of which was the weather, as noted by William Stephens in his journal:

“… The long Drought and excessive Heat which this Country continued to feel, made a great many People look heavily, who had taken true Pains on their Land, and began to have small Hopes of reaping any Fruit of their Labour; which was a melancholy Consideration. … “

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 156.