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In Their Own Words

December 01, 1734

First Georgia Winter for Salzburgers

At Ebenezer, the Salzburgers experienced their first winter in Georgia. Though used to the winters of Europe, they found themselves unprepared for the cold for several reasons, as Johann Martin Boltzius recorded in his journal:

“… The cold became more intense last night … . The cold affects us so much and prevents us from proper execution of our tasks because 1) we did not expect it and, consequently, failed to get many things that are needed for a rough winter. 2) Warm living quarters to which we were used to in Germany are lacking here. 3) Houses here are merely put together from boards and are easily penetrated and filled with the summer heat and the winter cold.”

Source: George Fenwick Jones (ed.), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America … Edited by Samuel Urlsperger: Vol. Two, 1734-1735 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969), p. 26.