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In Their Own Words

August 18, 1753

Bryan Explored Sapelo Island

Jonathan Bryan and his team of explorers visited Sapelo Island on this day; he was impressed, and noted the remains left by some previous inhabitants:

“This afternoon we had a very agreeable View of the Island of Sapelo, the rising Banks covered with Green Grass with the evergreen Trees along the Banks, which looks as if they were shorn and made even by Art, afforded a very Pleasant Prospect. on this Island about a Mile from the North End is the remains of an old Spanish Fort, in a pleasant green Field. here is also a very pleasant Mount, with a fine running Stream of water at its foot. this Island is a most agreeable Spot, with fine Land for Corn or Indigo, …”

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. 22.