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Chatham County Historical Markers

Landing of Oglethorpe and the Colonists


  • Source: Ed Jackson
  • Marker: Landing of Oglethorpe and the Colonists
  • Location: Bay and Bull Streets, Savannah, Ga.

LANDING OF OGLETHORPE

AND THE COLONISTS

James Edward Oglethorpe, the founder of Georgia, landed with

the original colonists, about 114 in number, at the foot of this

bluff on February 1 (February 12, new style), 1733. The site where

he pitched his tent is marked by the stone bench located about

100 feet west of this marker.

Savannah was for more than 100 years built according to

Oglethorpe’s unique city plan. Bull Street, the principal street of

the city, is named in honor of colonel William Bull of Charleston,

S.C., who assisted Oglethorpe in laying out the city.

The colonists sailed in the ship Anne from Gravesend, England,

November 17, 1732; landed at Charles Town, S.C., January 13, 1733;

proceeded later to Beaufort, S.C., and thence, in small boats, through

the inland waterway to Yamacraw Bluff. The town site had already

been selected by Oglethorpe in friendly negotiation with Tomo-chi-chi,

Mico of the Yamacraws, and with Mary Musgrove, the English-

speaking, half-breed Indian princess who later, as niece of Emperor

Brim of the Creek Nation, claimed sovereignty of southeastern Georgia.

025-1 GEORGIA HISTORIC MARKER 1982