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In Their Own Words

October 22, 1739

Oglethorpe Recruited Indians to Fight Spanish

William Stephens wrote in his journal of James Oglethorpe meeting with Indians to help fight the Spanish:

“…This Day the General purposed to have left us; but upon Intelligence received, that a Body of Indians, partly Chickasaws, and partly Euchies, had joined, to the Number of a hundred Men, and were coming down voluntarily, to attend, and serve against the Spaniards, and would be here in a few Days; he thought it worth his while to wait their Coming, knowing of what Use they might be, and therefore would take them with him. N. B. These Indians were no Part of those much greater Numbers he expeAed from the populous Nations of the Creeks, and Cherokees, that he had sent for, and should expect to march to him at St. Simon’s directly.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 435-436.