Italians in Georgia's Genesis

Italians in Georgia's Genesis (HM5ZZ)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 4.754', W 81° 5.336'

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When James Oglethorpe left England to begin the new colony of Georgia, in 1732, one of the passengers was Paul Amatis, an Italian artisan, skilled in producing silk. He was later placed in charge of Trustees Garden. Later, more Italian familes came to pursue the task of producing silk. Joseph Ottolenghe is responsible for erecting a public filature in Savannah, on what is now Reynolds Square. It was at this filature that a record number of 15,212 pounds of cocoons were delivered for processing into raw silk. High hopes for success in this undertaking is examplified on one side of the original Georgia Seal which depicts a mulberry leaf, a silkworm, and a cocoon, with the encircled words: "Non sibis sed aliis": "Not for ourselves but for others."
HM NumberHM5ZZ
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 5:00pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491607 N 3549221
Decimal Degrees32.07923333, -81.08893333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.754', W 81° 5.336'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 45.24" N, 81° 5' 20.16" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-298 E Saint Julian Street, Savannah GA 31401, US
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