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In Their Own Words

August 10, 1753

Early Exploration of Ogeechee River

Jonathan Bryan was one of the early leaders of colonial South Carolina and Georgia. In fact, he helped James Oglethorpe find the spot on Yamacraw Bluff where Savannah was settled. In 1753, he and several other men went on a journey of exploration to the southern portions of the colony of Georgia. On this day they reached the Ogeechee River, and encountered a thunder storm:

“…about noon we crossed great Ogeche River which runs up from Osseba Inlet, this is a bold fine River and runs some hundreds of miles up into the Country on the South side of the River, and the lowermost Point of the main Land; about Fifteen Miles from the Sea is a convenient Place to Settle a Town but not central enough for the capital of the Colony. up this River is abundance of fine Land for Rice, corn, and Indigo. this River is subject to Inundation and has abundance of fresh Marsh and fine River Land, here lately several considerable Planters have begun to Settle. This afternoon we met with smart Thunder Squall but secured our Selves from its violence by running into a small Creek. …”

Source: Virginia Steele Wood and Mary R. Bullard, editors, Journal of a Visit to the Georgia Islands of St. Catherines, Green, Ossabaw, Sapelo, St. Simons, Jekyll, and Cumberland, with Comments on the Florida Islands of Amelia, Talbot, and St. George, in 1753. Mercer University Press, in association with The Georgia Historical Society, 1996, p. 19.