Colonial Augusta

Colonial Augusta (HM17JM)

Location: Augusta, GA 30901 Richmond County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 28.594', W 81° 57.942'

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"The settlement of Augusta is of great service
...the Key of all the Indian Countrey"
— James Edward Oglethorpe, 1739

James Edward Oglethorpe captured the lucrative Indiantrade for the colony of Georgia, when he founded Augusta in1736. He planned the town of 40 lots as abase of operations for the Indian traders, and established a militarypost for their protection. The fort also served as a warning tothe French at Mobile and the Spanish at St. Augustine, whowere vying for control of the same Indian trade and territory.(Map Included)

Oglethorpe wrote that Augusta was "the great resortfor the Indian trade and there is a very pretty Town built...without any expense to the Trust except the Garrison fortheir protection."

Augusta's storekeepers and packhorsemen swapped European goods for deer skins with the Creeks, Chickasaws, and Choctaws to the west, and the Cherokees and Catawbas to the north.

The rough and tumble town soon began to show signs ofcivilization when the citizens built a church in 1749 andapplied foe an Anglican minister. (Picture included)
HM NumberHM17JM
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Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 12:45pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 410274 N 3704538
Decimal Degrees33.47656667, -81.96570000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 28.594', W 81° 57.942'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 28' 35.64" N, 81° 57' 56.52" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 836 Reynolds St, Augusta GA 30901, US
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