June 23, 2021

Celebrate Georgia Day

The Founding of the Georgia Colony, 1733

(Franklin, GA) — Georgia Day is celebrated each year on February 12.

This important day commemorates the landing of the first colonists in our state under the leadership of James Oglethorpe in 1733.

The colonists arrived in Anne, later to be renamed to Savannah. Savannah would later be our first capital.

Oglethorpe volunteered to lead the first group of colonists.  He made several trips back and forth to England to raise money.

During the first year, the new settlers began to clear the land, build houses, and construct fortifications.

Oglethorpe negotiated many treaties with local Indian tribes, especially the Upper Creek tribe.

Knowing that the Spanish were in Florida and had a great deal of influence on the multiple tribes in the region, Oglethorpe felt it was extremely necessary to develop a relationship with the native people so that the colony wouldn’t be attacked.

As a result of his work, the Indian trade became very important to Georgia’s early economy.

The members of the James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR, celebrate Georgia Day each year with a special program from our Georgia Day Chairman, Judy Miller.

Here are some interesting facts about the State of Georgia:

Georgia became a state on January 2, 1788

It covers 59,425 square miles

Our State motto is Wisdom, Justice and Moderation

Our State tree is a Live Oak

Our State bird is the brown thrasher

Although initially conceived by James Oglethorpe as a refuge for Londoner’s indebted prisoners, Georgia was ultimately established to protect South Carolina and other southern colonies from Spanish invasion through Florida.

Georgia was the 13thand last of the British colonies. They were governed by a Board of Trustees in London for the first 20 years. It was also the only colony to prohibit slavery from its inception – along with lawyers and Roman Catholics.

Georgia was the first of 10 states to vote against ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Even after it became a federal law on August 26, 1920, Georgia women were prevented from voting until 1922.

The state legislature did not officially ratify the Amendment until 1970.

Studying our Georgia and our American History is a primary focus of the DAR.

Our American History Committee sponsors a nation-wide American Essay Contest each year for students in elementary and middle school grades.

Membership to the NSDAR is open to all women 18 years and older that can prove direct lineal descent to a soldier or patriot of the Revolutionary War.

Consider becoming a part of an organization dedicated to “God, Home, and Country” by contacting us at (770) 856-3354 or by email at www.jamesstewartchapterdar@gmail.com.

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