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In Their Own Words

August 16, 1745

Bungling Spanish Captured

Georgia president William Stephens recorded in his journal the capture of a bungling group of Spanish privateers:

“… [O]n Thursday last a Brigg came to an Anchor off the Barr of St. Simons, and sent in her Boat with five hands, which proved to be Spaniards, and upon Examination was found, that the Brigg had been taken by the Spaniards off the Capes of Philadelphia, upon which some Boats were sent out who brought her into the Harbour, being laden with Rum, Sugar, and Limes, and they were bound to the Havannah [Cuba] to have her Condemned. But being short of Provisions, they sent in here, taking it to be Augustine; but they found their Mistake too late… .”

Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1743-1745 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), p. 238.